September 30, 2008
What’s been very frustrating lately is that all the Army stuff has internally reorganized me as a documentary photographer. Sort of. And there’s a lot going on in the world right now, and I am nowhere near any of it. I don’t even really have much $$ for the actual making of artwork. Especially when the long-term stuff I want to work on requires travel to Europe and Asia.
I usually oscillate back and forth between cerebral and visceral anyway, but my recent, cerebral stuff has left me lacking. Some artists “live” with a project for years, and maybe all that comes from it is a small sculpture. That’s probably wise for lots of reasons, but I’m not that kind of person; something six months old might as well be six years old.
Anyway, though, I have been thinking about questions of queer asbtraction that Michael has posed, which has pushed me toward more abstract work, as has seeing the recent work of Ian James and Calvin Lee (blogs in the blogroll). There’s still a lot of territory to mine in the studio; I just don’t want to be “in the studio” right now. But getting out can be tough, for obvious (economic) and non-obvious (personal) reasons.
Some new stuff: