as i consider notions of exhibition and venue i find myself puttering around in and out of the studio. distractions have been welcome because my practice has not allowed them for quite some time, but i also feel a need to formalize a couple of things, especially with 2019 wrapping up. i have been cutting and stacking old pieces again and thinking about where they might live. i started this in 2011 as a way to purge my studio storage. results shifted the work to a space of reusing and gathering old materials. it was a way of looking back while predominately staying present. it feels like this time in the studio is seeking similar clarity.
adjacent to this main project of culling, there has been some interest in reworking a digital project i started in 2017. this digital drawings were made and sat dormant. the dust has been blown off … but how might they exist within this space of the current practice.
i’ve been thinking a bit about manifestos… and their usefulness? not sure, but i always seem to gravitate toward them. in the wider discussion of who is art for? … and the potential transition of exhibiting work from traditional spaces to less traditional spaces, i find this text an interesting place to begin.
Artists not only have the right to dissent, but the duty to do so.
Manifesto on Artists’ Rights, by Tania Bruguera, 06 December 2012
the dump. the trash can. the bin. this will be a space where artists tash kahn and john ros will share studio conversations within the realms of the visual and conceptual in order to better understand the moment we occupy. this space is meant to be a private conversation, though others may chime in from time to time when necessary. this space will be archived chronologically and will be meant to act as a place to plop stuff, allow it to percolate and digest. our goals are for this space to serve our practice, with no real sense of audience or tangible result (though the very existence of this space already disproves that). we want this space to lead us — to move us — and to allow us to enter new spaces in our personal and collaborative art practices. contradictions welcome.