For several years now I have been creating two-dimensional pieces that suggest ambiguous maps, graphs, and diagrams. The natural extension of this work was to create ambiguous instruments of measure that might provide the “data” from which the 2D work would be derived
The instruments in this exhibit are made from an assortment of found and acquired materials. They are built with the intention (despite their scattered origins) of looking like truly functional objects. Their function however is undefined.
A most delightful thing happens as the instruments come together from their miscellaneous parts. Their function becomes clear, complete with history and purpose. That purpose is later reflected in the “data analysis” paintings I create. But as this happens, I recognize that mine is only one of many possible imagined purposes for these objects.
With this in mind, I invited a group of thinkers (poets, engineers, builders, curators, artists, chemists, historians) to take a stab at interpreting the instruments. I asked them to play with their ambiguity, to create a narrative that places the instrument in some context that resonated with them. The assignment was left open beyond that.
These various interpretations (including my own) have been compiled on this website and in a gallery guide. This work was first exhibited at the Artsworcester Aurora Gallery May 4-26, 2018.
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