Thursday, October 28, 2010

Its difficult to read lately.

Use everything.

...for Jahna Jabbour.

...and from Jahna Jabbour...



Wednesday, October 27, 2010

House Blend

An introduction of one social circle to another. Performance Projects, meet Atomic coffee and the people who drink it. 

Each cup corresponds to a different regular at the Atomic Cafe in Beverly, MA, where I work.The employee-customer interactions experienced here are unlike those of any other relationship I have had. These cups contain a name, the food or drink  most commonly purchased, and my own anecdotal observations of this person. While my relationships with these individuals vary, they are all situated in a gray area between stranger and friend.

Art is my career. This is my day job. This work exists in the space between.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

I filled my sketchbook.

Fear. Failure. Relationship failure. Art failure. Words to define:  relationship, dialogue, conversation, communication, romance. Observation. Things silently noticed. Male/female relationship.Cliché becomes sincere. Using modes of performance and installation to explore ideas of domesticity, comfort, anxiety, and personal relationships, I engage in an interdisciplinary dialogue investigating the space where art and daily experience intersect. Gift giving-art metaphor.The gift. Reciprocity. Traveling generosity. Gift = Bond. Value. Emotional price. Honesty. Gray area = everyday life.Thank you notes: Generosity and gift giving. Inclination to give as a gift. Last year I ended something, took something away that my peers weren’t even aware of, pointing out my own disconnection? Collective disconnection? This time I wanted to really look into the individuals surrounding me as well as my art practice. I wanted to thank them for things that I genuinely appreciate. For it is through our interactions that conversations, relationships, and art is formed. Thinking about the formality of thank you notes, I look back at my feud with my mother over writing thank you notes after my high school graduation party. Thanking people for gifts or money , generally they all say the same thing. I wanted to actually thank people and tell them why their contribution was important to me and it was taking too long. That is what I wanted to do here with the people in this class. Public interventions. Personal history in objects. Looking more closely. What is wrong with attempting to relate to another person? What is too personal for you? “The power of reality is stronger than imagination.” I am interested in the moments where life gets in the way of artmaking. “One death is a tragedy; one million is a statistic.”  -Joseph Stalin. Poetry/prose created in real life. Romance –Idealized, irrational. Post interactive observations. Subjectivity. Semantics. Banality of self. “The local drives the meaning.” Relativism.

Fine Arts Alumni Exhibition

Packing up the work!

Is this getting too personal? I dont know.

breaking bread again.

he left this, revisited.

and then there were three..

unexpectedly returned.

blank notecards.

Blank note cards for Erik.