18 Jul

Email to a gallery director, 2003

Artifacts from the Communication Project &
Objects of the Communication Project

Captivity Syntax
Artifact 1:  Wood cube with casein paint and water-based ink.
Wood platform with enamel surface.
Artifact 2:  Wood stick with acrylic and oil paint, pencil, paper and tape.
Wood platform with pencil, tempera, acrylic and enamel

These artifacts were constructed along with a ‘batch’ of communication project objects.  Communication objects are constructed in groups with a restricted palette of media and pigment.

This group was limited to white, blue, grey and paper.  The white on the cube is a thick, matte and porous layer, it rests on one face of the cube like the result of wind or gravity.  The white of the platform on which the cube sits however is 12 thin coats of enamel and is slick and repellent.  As in the cube the enamel is mostly on one face of the rectangular solid. The cube has a series of blue non-lines on it.  Rather than being determined by line intention, they are stained segments of wood grain.

The stick is suspended by a frail and pathetic paper and tape structure.  The paper is thick and glossy unlike the rough, worn and painted-on wood.  Because of the suspension and the fold of the paper structure, the stick can only be placed right-side up or upside down, any other attempt and it will roll to one of these two positions.

(I might give this set to someone on a day when it had rained in the afternoon and the sun only broke through as it was setting while everything was still wet.)

”Unbleached Red Hand Line”
Wooden cubes with ink and arcylic paint.

These cubes are finished on only two faces.
All faces are marked with an attempt to begin a line and then deviate from my instinct to finish the line in a particular way.

(On a pleasant morning when the wind is not blowing, I would place one of these in my pocket and go for a walk around 4 am.
While passing a building, I might decide to leave the cube on the windowsill.  On my way home I would pass the windowsill again and see that the cube is still there.)

Hold 4
Cubes of wood held together with linen tape.  Red plastic, acrylic polymer.

The title of another piece with a similar strategy for binding wood and red plastic lines is also ‘Hold’ followed by the number of tabs it has.
If these pieces loose tabs (or gain them), the title changes at that moment, whether or not anyone has counted the tabs and realized the change.

Red Itinerary Syntax (Detail)
The red plastic twist is Red Crumple #1

Wood platform (‘panel’ in this wall configuration) with enamel paint.
Transparent colored plastic, staples.

In this installation, the white panel serves as a ground for a light painting created by the placement of the red plastic twist/crumple.
Both objects can exist together or separately in any number of configurations.  The installation should be determined by the light.  Red Itinerary Syntax was a site specific wall drawing composed of objects.

Red Itinerary Syntax (Detail)
Wood platform (panel here) with enamel paint.
Transparent colored plastic, staples.
Transparent plastic strip.
The transparent plastic strip is an element that can be installed anywhere with complete success.
Working in unison with other objects, especially white enamel wood panels, the pigmented shadow can be achieved anywhere.

Blue/Fluor Itinerary Syntax
The wood strip is Fluorescent Line Strip #5.

Wood strip, acrylic paint, highlighter. Transparent adhesive tape, enamel paint. Transparent colored plastic.

This series of objects uses blue, transparencey and tape.
The fluorescent strip in this piece is smooth and fine.  Rather than bruised older wood, a new fine piece coated with a gloss polymer varnish is used.