Pictured above is a barn I will soon dismantle as part of a project for my Thesis Exhibition at the University of Maryland opening May 11th. The rough idea is to stay on-site with my truck, trailer, tools, and intensely document the deconstruction. I've been experimenting with new video and sound equipment in hope to get the best possible documentation I can. All of the materials will then be brought back to my studio in College Park and re-created into a structure specific to the front half of the gallery at The Art Gallery at the University of Maryland. Alongside the object will be a rendered video/sound installation depicting the barn coming down. The search for a barn has further proven to me the importance of process in my work. With help from a press release in the Cumberland Maryland newspaper, and the 'Maryland Farmers Exchange' Facebook page, I was able to find a few sites I could pick and choose from. The barn shown above, donated by Diane in western Maryland (who sent me the photos) is a perfect fit. More on the process coming soon. Here is a teaser and some equipment tests, including cleaning my studio.
The experience at the barn will inform the rest of the project.... the sound/video loop, and even the object. Before I even had a barn pinned down I had some rough ideas planned out.
The idea came to as a capstone for most of the work I've been creating in my studio for the past couple of years.... and is of course a nod to some of my contemporaries that I've been looking at, in particular Gordon Matta Clark, and his 1974 project, 'Splitting'. Although, I plan to fully de-construct and make a new object out of the material, and the video documentation will be handled much differently... I cannot approach the project without relating to works I've seen in the past that were transformative.
Expect more to come soon, and come to the opening reception on May 11th at The Art Gallery at the University of Maryland. I'll be showing alongside Jowita Wyszomirska. I am also pleased to announce that I'll be participating in the 2016 Foggy Bottom Sculpture Biennial in DC this May, expect more on that soon as well. Cheers.