New Old Work

April 16, 2009

These images were produced in 2007 and used in the CalArts MFA midresidency show, then ignored until this week, when I decided to recombine the images with what had been separate color blocks in the original installation.

I’m doing a lot of this lately; having rushed headlong through my grad career in a state of hyperproduction, I’m going back now and realizing “hey, there’s all this stuff I did.”   The problem is that I’m the opposite of a pack rat; I sort of compulsively throw things away / delete them.  So it’s saying something that this work even still exists.

This was prompted by two things: 1 ) more thinking about the MFA open studios (i.e. I produced more work in school than it was literally possible to show, despite a lot of opportunities to do so) and the big thing, a trip to Fake Iraq #2 in Louisiana this June.  The upcoming trip made me comb through around 1,000 digital pics and I again realized that there’s more work I could do there, which will probably show up here in coming weeks.*

*And it’s weird and telling that I don’t consider the photo itself a finished object, but a starting place for “work.”  That may have a lot to do with my overproduction and my move towards digital, which encourages a “shoot first, think later” kind of practice.

**Also I realize these are total Gavin Hipkins rips, but they were fun to make anyway.  Go click on Gavin Hipkins in the sidebar.

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One Response to “New Old Work”

  1. Michael Says:

    I’ve never seen these before; I like them very much. How big were they printed for the mid-res show?


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