WRESTED SPECTRE, 2019, cast concrete,wood, steel, paper, brass
MINI MONUMENT 4 LABOR
CISTERN ——————————-BENJO 17 mfg
BENJO 17 mfg -Nature sorted out!
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
Coffee is an everyday commodity presented in the iconic, mass produced disposable cup. It is a frail item folks commonly see littered throughout our society.
However, when I reconstruct it by casting it from concrete, the cup becomes a solid, three dimensional piece that references sculpture. It lends some similarity to a ready-made; however, it is not a mechanical reproduction. Craftsmanship has been inflicted upon it, and it is now an artisanal reproduction.
It is still mimetic, possessing a reference or a debt to imitation; but it is no longer mass produced but a boutique ready-made if you will. It is a contradiction by being unique individually, yet still being demoted as not unique among other coffee cups. It can be formally contained, displayed, and documented by installing it on a shelf in a room in San Francisco, or by taking a photograph of it in front of an historical building in Berlin.
GONE relies on the initial subtlety of the material’s repetitive construction, polystyrene. Through assemblage that continues a rough repetition of pattern with the addition of finishes applied, again referencing pattern, the final piece is arrived at. The piece is smooth in finish; however, coarse in representation of a fish.
Through the use of polystyrene, or Styrofoam, a trademarked Dow Chemical product, as the main building block of the fish, I am commenting on the relationship of chemicals to our environment in general, and the ocean in particular. I further explore humankind’s negative impact on the ocean buy using a camouflage used by military ships at the start of the 20th century. Currently, the U.S. Navy is under scrutiny for it’s use of sonar and it’s affect on aquatic life. To further extrapolate on the use of a camouflage, in this case a “disruptive coloration”, paint scheme, is to literally see nature disappearing.