Perhaps I have ADD. Not only am I easily distracted, I am also very jealous of those individuals who are not. What I wouldn’t give to be an artist that can drill down and repeat one action over and over again to make a cohesive body of work. As I look over the work presented on this site, there are numerous threads pulling together, but little of a collective whole emerging. Instead, I am the perpetual itinerant, an eye that bounces from subject to subject.
I was watching the classic Soviet sci-fi film “Solaris” recently and one of the character’s quotes stuck with me. Simply:
“We take off into the cosmos, ready for anything: solitude, hardship, exhaustion, death. We’re proud of ourselves, in a way. But our enthusiasm is a sham. We don’t want to conquer the cosmos – we want to extend the boundaries of Earth to the cosmos. We are only seeking Man. We don’t want Other Worlds. We want mirrors. Maybe we don’t need to know what it is, or why. Maybe just knowing that it is should be enough.”
Through this site, I realize that my lack of “productivity” and concise portfolio building isn’t such a bad thing. I have been spending so much time after grad school trying to graft grad school onto my life, work, and resulting images. Time to get over that. Instead, I think I’ll be content with drifting.
In an ideal world, I live in an uber-minimalist house overlooking a perfectly groomed, yet slightly unkept lawn near a beach.
I had a dream last night about a workshop/meeting I attended at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis to engage with the artist Tino Sehgal. This was a considerable time ago, Sehgal was considered cutting edge at the time, and I was in grad-school so cutting edge was lust worthy. But, this morning, I literally woke up thinking “what a douche bag”. I guess, honestly, I’m just too old to find hipsters rolling on a museum floor thrilling. Pity me.
More info on Tino Sehgal.