Exhibition Runs: April 8th to May 30th, 2012
Closing Reception: May 16th, 7PM-8PM
At the UAS +15 Gallery
“When does a work of art begin its existence? How can one evaluate its importance? ... When is “creative action” to be considered a performance, a happening, or simple life occurrence? When does simply “doing nothing” spawn creativity? When do the terms “art,” “research,” and “leisure” become equivalents?” Robert Filliou These above questions that French Fluxus artist Robert Filliou raised in his work are not only extremely influential questions and important to my practice but also are questions that are very prevalent in my practice. My practice uses common everyday materials and mundane repetitive acts to question meaning and value within art and everyday life. A lot of my work and curiosity about meaning and art can be better understood by looking at and questioning the definition of the word something.
: - some unspecified or unknown thing
-a known understood but unexpressed quantity, quality or extent.
Something is really just some thing. In order for something to be something there must be a something not, a nothing. What makes us decide that something is something and nothing is nothing? Could we not say something is nothing and nothing is something? Why does something mean something? Why do we value something more than nothing? These questions are at the root of my artistic practice. I do not want to find meaning but rather come to an understanding of why and how things mean. I want to understand the processes of cognition and perception. I would like to take what might
seem like a step backwards and asks how meaning is made. How do things mean? Why do things mean? How and why do we make value judgments ? How does something’s value affect what it means? I feel my practice is one that is full of overlapping and ever circling questions that are often overlooked and may never be answered but I feel are important to ponder.