Orris' last appearance, of free advice. Orris sat in a parking lot and offered non-professional free advice. 100% of visitors agreed that Orris' advice was at least as helpful as a magic eight ball.
I had to submit an artist's statement for something recently. It's awkward to write about my own work, it's like describing my own face or my thought patterns. I'm too close to it to speak about it. Also, each work has it's own narrative, in some ways designed to act as a springboard for a whole host of new interpretations. It wouldn't do any of them justice to make up some overarching storyline. What's in common? I made them. Here are directions for them: "Look at it, notice your thought and feelings. Discuss, if you like."
I probably should have submitted that, but here's what I wrote:
My work is about looking for boundaries that relate to my existence, feeling them for texture, form and solidity, asking others about them and then leaning in, sometimes leaping off. I don’t go looking for new boundaries, I’m mostly curious about the ones that give me my shape and luckily much of the human experience is universal. I find boundaries to be curvilinear, rather than geometric. The points of direction are infinite. As a result, I find myself moving off into lots of different directions. That is my disclaimer: styles, subject and media may vary…widely. In any case, I’ve recently spent a lot of time exploring the respective areas of gender, the intersection of the surreal and the banal, and recycling.
Yeap. I'd love to hear your thoughts about artist statements. How do you approach it? What's yours? Reactions to mine?
Whoa, been crazy busy. Doing lots of new stuff: welding, wood carving, rapping, skateboarding, smiling. Picked drumming back up too. Here's some images and videos of stuff I've been working on:
It's been clogged pipes in the art lab. I'm engaged with some very involved projects that I'm super excited about, but I'm struggling with my lack of output. Used to just popping them out, rather than this slow boil that's happening with a few pots. Some of the pots might not even boil, in that case I suppose I'd learn something new about what I was trying to cook. Anyhow that's a sketch I did today up there.
What's your take on production and output? Post it below or let me know.
Drawing pictures! Here's some. Also below is a shot of a big work on progress. An outdoor permanent sculpture at a school in New Haven. So far it's got interactive sound components, 3D printed features and not nearly enough funding, so ask me about it.
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What I can tell you is Orris Butter, the essential oil derived from the Orris Root, was the signature scent of the 19th century dandy. It smells a bit like violet and vetiver, it smells good.
I am interested in a random output from the life-sized pool of all the things that have ever influenced an individual, even the subconscious stuff and the seemingly meaningless stuff, and this random selection lending new meaning. Were it possible that it be truly random, it would be free of some societal conditioning or at least the privileging of some things over others. Someone recently referred to this as semiotic slipping. So anyhow, yeah I'm interested in this vast pool of stuff which relates to the self, the things that define us; we usually choose to express the ones that are socially accepted, like those that directly relate to our gender or culture. I'm interested in taking everything that you've experienced, putting it all together, mixing it up so it doesn't privilege any societal gender or culture norms and pulling stuff out in the order it falls in: a beard, lipstick, juice, afros, frogs, Krishna...and then saying OK, I'm gonna put these things on and let these things define me right now. What would that look like? (By most standards, it'd look like a crazy person, a 'fractured identity'.) What could it tell me about myself? What could it add to the self-expression conversation I've been having since I was old enough to consciously alter my appearance?
Below are a couple images from secret a project I'm working on with Lotta Studio.
This is my first blog, I'll try to update it regularly.