This site is currently  under RE-construction - feel free to look around but please come back when all the parts are in order.

all you can't eat and other tales of waiting

This project includes, a two-channel video installation, a series of large format photographs and text works, this project premiered in Atlanta, Georgia at William Turner Gallery in 2009.

 

At the core of this project is the sense of the endless task, or perhaps the ourobouros, if you will, and the attention to paid to arriving. However, the primary conundrum is the idea of progressive movement that would seem to be illusory. A series of questions are asked, though never answered, a narrative seems to appear but is never explained, and the concept of movement is toyed with while the primary male character (whose name is never given) moves to a bench, sits, moves back to a house, sits again. The video element is inter-cut with circular activities such as a car race and a rodeo with bulls.

 

The piece is entitled, "All You Can't Eat and Other Tales of Waiting," because the primary character is in a constant state of waiting yet he still moves from one state to another.  The bull in the rodeo is waiting to be released, the cowboy is waiting to ride, the car driver is waiting to win, the man is waiting for an answer.

 

Lastly I made this project at the height of the economic crash in the U.S. which brings us to the --- what you can't eat part of the title.  At that time, people were coming off, "just another" high of big spending and lavishness and a sense of entitlement.  Even more egregious (in my mind) was the idea that if you weren't living high on the hog, so to speak, then something was wrong with you; you had not fulfilled your mandate as a "successful American" and there was a huge amount of shame associated with poverty  in America.  So I wrote about this, as well as making the primary guiding line of this piece, "Poverty is a Luxury I Can't afford" and "The Platter is All I can Eat"

 

 

  • all you can't eat and other tales of waiting

    (read more below - click)

    This project includes, a two-channel video installation, a series of large format photographs and text works, this project premiered in Atlanta, Georgia at William Turner Gallery in 2009.

     

    At the core of this project is the sense of the endless task, or perhaps the ourobouros, if you will, and the attention to paid to arriving. However, the primary conundrum is the idea of progressive movement that would seem to be illusory. A series of questions are asked, though never answered, a narrative seems to appear but is never explained, and the concept of movement is toyed with while the primary male character (whose name is never given) moves to a bench, sits, moves back to a house, sits again. The video element is inter-cut with circular activities such as a car race and a rodeo with bulls.

     

    The piece is entitled, "All You Can't Eat and Other Tales of Waiting," because the primary character is in a constant state of waiting yet he still moves from one state to another.  The bull in the rodeo is waiting to be released, the cowboy is waiting to ride, the car driver is waiting to win, the man is waiting for an answer.

     

    Lastly I made this project at the height of the economic crash in the U.S. which brings us to the --- what you can't eat part of the title.  At that time, people were coming off, "just another" high of big spending and lavishness and a sense of entitlement.  Even more egregious (in my mind) was the idea that if you weren't living high on the hog, so to speak, then something was wrong with you; you had not fulfilled your mandate as a "successful American" and there was a huge amount of shame associated with poverty  in America.  So I wrote about this, as well as making the primary guiding line of this piece, "Poverty is a Luxury I Can't afford" and "The Platter is All I can Eat"