Sunday, December 6, 2009

the place of the object


title: the place of the object

millard, paper, lights, mirrors, wood, a tv playing static/white noise, foam puddle, green paper, green tape...tin foil...cardboard tube...print out of another object....fabric...paint....etc...

so i had this in my studio during columbia open studios 2 weeks ago...
and the first image is the object in one situation
the 2nd is the object in another situation
a different event that the object was a part of.../hosting?


and really?
what is the purpose of this object?
alot of people have been saying that it kind of looks like a barricade...
i guess it does somehow stop one's movement...
it was inspired by a weak barricade...
what kind of barricade could it be?
what is the use of such a thing?and how does it work?
the thing maybe happens on it-but how?and what does it give?
here it is at moment 1 and at moment 2.
2 representations of this object
2 truth situations for it....
2 accounts of the situation
2 ways of memorialising this ephemeral event
this thing that is soon to break down, break apart...

this drawing is something that purports to be a sculpture, a 3d object, but it its linearity, it remains flat somehow....flat...because it reads 2dimensionally...or maybe there is an extra dimension in its reading...from the reflected surfaces...and the tv static-that counts as another dimenssion of space right?....it is a thing to be encountered...
not in a very exciting way...
the excitement i have for it is in its emptiness...
this poor object is about to die, it is somehow holding on...(really?)
yes, with all these mirrors mirroring the object and parts of the surrounding space...mirroring for what?for whom?...i keep imagining the object by itself...but it is impossible.how can it be alone?it is a theatre, an event ...a staged event!THERE HAS TO BE A WITNESS!!!and there maybe has to be an audience too....

there is potential for glamour in it...but it has abandonned that role...for a paler collapse.
i wish i could take it outside..and leave it there, to be torn by the wind, and the rain and some sun...but it would not easily disintergrate none of the parts except for the wood is bio degradeable...oh i doubt the wood is bio-d...it is painted white...
and i have the perfect place/setting for it..the rural landscape of gamatlala in polokwane, south africa
i keep thinking alot about the shembe people's aesthetics....the white painted rocks used in both urban and rural areas...but most esspecially in the urban areas, to temporarily demarcate a space that would function as a spiritual zone..a temporary church... an ephemeral space, bubble...arena-within which that spiritual event/activity is to take place...
i guess it is like constructing a tent.

the photo images in the piece are of a different sculpture/drawing...
a skin of plastic...hanging off a thin wooden rod like an skinned animal about to be paraded and roasted whole...like something from a francis bacon painting or a moshekwa langa installation (the one with the cement bags) anyways, its name is "skin" ... it could no longer hold its own in the space...i did not have enough confidence to let it stand alone...so the image of it survives rather than the actual thing...it is what the present drawing stands for ...this other object