11.17.2012

The Annual at the Gladstone

I had the pleasure to participate in a group show titled The Annual at the Gladstone this past October. The show was curated by Deborah Wang and Noa Bronstein and the experience pushed me to create something that was slightly beyond what I thought I could do. Also, it was a neat sync to be able to show with Tara Bursey who gave me space to make a debut of sorts a few years ago.

For this show, I allowed myself to indulge my fascination with the creative process. I find myself thinking about it often; what creativity means, how it manifests and sometimes I try to wrap my heart and mind around why it exists. This show was a great opportunity to dig into other people's creative processes, which I might be even more fascinated with than creativity itself. I chose a few dozen creative people in my life and asked them questions about how they unwind. More and more, I see the value of rest in nourishing my own creativity and I wanted to understand how other people—real people who I'm lucky to associate with—factor downtime into their lives. Specifically, I wanted to know what they did to recharge. Initially, I was only interested in folks who made a living off their creativity. But, I realized that this was too narrow a focus as so many of my favourite artists (and people) need to work a day job to keep doing their creative work. I ended up with a mix of artists with day jobs, full-time artists, photographers, yoga teachers, photo editors, designers, writers, editors and illustrators. What I found most compelling is that it really didn't matter what people did to unwind, just that they did it. For some folks, it was an act, like playing weekly soccer, whereas for others, it was visiting a place, like a park. Often, people were alone when they did their thing that refreshed them, but just as often they were with others. Almost everyone did something that they found meditative and allowed them space to breathe a little deeper.

Using my findings I wrote the following statement that guided my work:
The Preservation Series depicts distilled acts of recharging and refueling as culled from interviews with more than a dozen local artists, filmmakers, photographers, editors, writers and designers. These sometimes private, often repetitive and usually meditative escapes are shown via delicate, ephemeral paper sculptures. The sculptures live in antique mason jars that magnify the importance of these seemingly mundane acts of reflection and repose.
My talented and beautiful friend Natalie Castellino took photos of the show. Thank you to Natalie for giving me the only photos of my work (so far) that I'm genuinely happy with.




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