Bowdoin Art Museum: Artist’s Site-Specific Drawings Stretch Language

Bowdoin Art Museum: Artist’s Site-Specific Drawings Stretch Language


There’s three volumes, basically, and so the one that we have identified is Stand out from the crowd. From the beginning I’ve been confused about why the author, when I first encountered the book, why the author had some sense of ownership over this language. Basically it allows him to manifest that authority in in a very small innocuous book which
then you find in homes all over the world really. The reason why I first started
working with the book was because I wasn’t sure if he was talking to me. If
he was talking to me what was he saying? Do I even have the ability to do
what what he’s saying I should do? There’s a lot of things in that book
that my dad tells me to do and there’s a lot of things in that book that you know
my dad tells me to do the exact opposite. [Yeah…]
Don’t stand out from the crowd. And I think that sort of inherent presumption or just privilege
to have the choice to do that as opposed to kind of being forced to do
that — it’s it’s sort of, I think the book is, it’s one of the main reasons why
I’m so interested. Because I find myself on both sides of love and hate with the book. I wanted to sort of create a range
understanding of what or I guess a slightly larger range of what drawing
could be, could talk about, could you know stretch out and exercise. At bottom I
think a really important sort of foundation of this, of the exhibition, is
communication. And I feel like just like just starting clear: There’s a
visual component of communication but that is really only one part of what
communication looks like and language is a part of communication but really
language is just words on pages in English. That is is also one small part
of communication. But I think it’s, that says nothing or doesn’t address all the other forms of communication, which are totally based off of sound and touch and smell and the rest of the senses, the rest of the
ways that we can get from one person to the other. I think the work is like very direct, it’s very didactic on purpose. I think the
nature of the work is very straightforward, visually, the process of it.
There’s a lot of aspects of this drawing that are very much based in teaching to a certain degree.

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