Exhibition: August 10-September 1, 2012
Opening Reception: August 10, 7-10pm
At the UAS Satellite Gallery
I am an artist and a writer and a performer.
You are a viewer and a reader and a participant.
Of course, I can't truthfully speak for you, but I do anyway. I'm sorry for that.
I am interested in these three mediums (writing, drawing and performance) as being methods to expose a psychological process or psychological beliefs. Conveying abstract concepts in a visual way is arguably the purpose of contemporary visual art. The purpose of my art practice runs parellel to this: My work is a physical manifestation of a psychological process. As with any process, it is a narrative. Each piece of art is connected to a larger narrative, just as each psychic tangent connects to a larger psychological framework.
What I have recently discovered in my work is that without a viewer to see the art object, it cannot be activated as a psychological process. In psychology, there is a distinction between an obsessive thought and an obsessive compulsion. In quantum physics, atoms behave differently as a viewer observes them. In some forms of Evangelical Christianity, common belief is that God created humans in order to worship Him. Things change their meanings depending on what is around them. So art objects have meaning dependent on the proximity of the viewer. A viewer is integral to completing the psychological cycle.
Just as a thought without action becomes a memory, without a viewer to experience an artwork, the art becomes a simple object. The viewer completes the cycle.
These ideas do not exist in my mind. All I do is steal from others. Individuals smarter than I come up with an idea that explains some portion of reality. These ideas are then made into books or podcasts or diagrams and I consume. After consumption I create an object or a story or a performance. This is a blind thing--a way to process the process. I am only continuing the cycle of input and output. Ultimately it is up to the viewer to continue said cycle and act upon reality as best they see fit through the culmination of their experiences, just as I have.
Sage Wheeler is an artist living and working in Calgary, Alberta. She graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2010 with a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Drawing and is a member of the Bakery Studio Collective.