Tools of a Ruin, 2012
Installation view at Contemporary Arts Forum Santa Barbara, California. As part of A Handful of Dust curated by Laura Fried
























Notes on Tools of a Ruin

The start points for this project come from a visit to Arles, France this summer and the ruins there. The way history is displayed as a material - stone sections dispersed and arranged into areas and genres to depict the passing of time. Basically, what could very well be a parking lot of debris (a ruin), or a gravel pit, is arranged to simulate ancientness, disregarding anything newer than 100AD (there were several photos on the site depicting locals having lunch on the ruins around the 1900 time period).

Not the most unique observation, but there was something about the intense necessity of the visitor to "believe" these rocks were what they (the Coliseum) needed you to believe they were. This observation linked to interests I have in the editorial nature of presenting an idea and the establishment of a tool for thinking (A Tool of Thought) using form. It was the way the rocks were reenacted into arrangements - history choreographed.

I'm in this position of developing an interlocutory form that connects the thoughts of the past to propositions of the future - and what do these forms look like... Tools in a way. The kind of material that uses a familiar language of communication to disperse information. Kind of like when Kippenberger would compose drawings on hotel stationary. The stationary he used would locate the person and the images/composition to a certain place and time. Where the gesture has an analogy to what was discussed while hanging out at that hotel.

The poster I photographed in Arles of the Bullfights went a little into this territory. The frame of the display, the randomness of the photo as the character within that field.

Then we have the sculpture. The armature is a poster frame, the background of an event, the sheet of stationary, the thing that exists. The "laurels" adopt a relationship to circumstantial language that is expressed at the time, relative to where and when the discussion is happening. At the same time, there is a polarization where the laurel produces the armature that supports its presence in the air - as if the talking/expression has created a history/monument/ruin form. That's the back and forth I'm negotiating at the moment.