The evolution of language is constant. How we communicate is influenced by one’s personal history, one’s origins/locations, economic class, gender, values/beliefs, and technology.
Technology is massively represented by computers in general, and the smart phone in particular. Technology applies science for practical purposes. How scientific knowledge lends itself to language is not only its terminology, that might become popular, but also in the ways people navigate the Brave New World armed with new technology and the language it ushers in.
MGB and concrete and WTF are both acronyms created as a result of people communicating through that creation of technology: social media. The language not only evolves by being used in this context, but also by identifying “God” as an initial, and “fuck” as an initial; and it has become socially acceptable to do this.
To counteract the simplicity of idiomatic phrases that change the affect of “God” and “fuck,” “LINGUA” creates coded sculptural elements that attempt to bring back the formality, difficulty, and colorfulness in understanding what and how we say things to each other. There is also an element of irony that confronts our use of phrases that technology and familiarity bring to language. It speeds up communicating so that we can say more? Like other ways that our lives are made more efficient, we have more time for other things like relaxation, hobbies, etc., except we do not. Our efficiency allows us to work more.
The sculptural elements occupy the coded home of BRICK. The Greek word for brick is “Plinthos.” Therefore, this piece encourages one to contemplate the simplified expression, “It’s all Greek to me.”
MGB+concrete, (May God Bless), cast concrete, enamel, 2016
MGB+concrete, cast concrete, enamel paint, 2016
WTF , 2016
WTF, plywood, enamel, latex, 2016
W, plywood, enamel, latex, 2016
T, plywood, enamel, latex, 2016
F, plywood, enamel, latex, 2016
BRICK (PLINTHOS), plywood, enamel, 2016