Fortnight Sessions Statement
"After 30 years as a studio artist I am striving to work publicly and visibly in a way that matters in both aesthetic and political terms. I have made the switch from a studio-based practice to working exclusively in public spaces. This change has facilitated connections between a practice of aesthetic observation of the landscape with journalism, performance and interactive documentary. For each project I have spent 14 days painting in public at sites initially chosen by their history, politics or public use. I will be presenting 7 of these projects in an exhibition at Zeitgeist Gallery in March of 2018 titled “Fortnight Sessions”.
For this exhibition I will present drawings from 14-day residencies at a diverse roster of locations: Rome, Italy where the process began; at Nashville’s Fort Negley; a local gas station; the Metro County Court complex; Grimey’s Basement; and a local farm. For each location I have found it amazing how wonderfully uncontrollable it is to make an on-site drawing by comparison to working in the crucible of the studio. Working from direct observation within a changing scene continually rewrites and challenges my assumptions in an exciting way. This process is about paying attention and being paid back in moments of awareness. From a social standpoint, the inevitable interaction of operating within a social space has encouraged collaboration and discussion with passersby and residents and generated new insights, ideas and possibilities for the work.
I am drawn to this method by the goal of increasing my own understanding of my surrounding community and that community’s understanding of art through my own discernible labor, openness and strength of interpretations. The duration of these projects - 14 days on, 14 days off - has allowed me to incrementally develop the scope and tenor of this way of working as a continuing method in a rhythmic monthly manner. Working outside the studio has raised healthy questions about how I control and create images, how I identify myself as a thinker and citizen, and the identity of my work as public voice and commerce object."