The components of pipegutwaterseatandSTANDSTILL are derived
from three simple postures: lying, sitting, standing. Hanging from the
gallery's ceiling, pipegut is a steel framed tube covered with
shellacked cloth. A set of tracks running through its 100-foot length convey a
small wheeled car upon which one may travel hand over hand. The tube curves slightly so that in the center, the ends are not visible, and one is enveloped in the orange-brown glow of the tube's skin. A conventionally proportioned and functional chair, waterseat is made of plate glass filled with water. STANDSTILL is a cast concrete monolith (96" x 48" x 13") weighing more than two tons with a central negative describing my frontal profile up into which one may step.
I am more interested in the sense rather than the meaning of a work. Its form, structure and scale are often set up so that one's presence and movement are essential in completing the work. That one might literally enter or merge with the sculpture is not so much about any common utility as it is a desire to have the experience understood in the whole body, and thereby, to intensify the dialog and possibly invert the relationship between the subject and object.
pipegut: soft/skin, hard/skeleton, macro/outside, micro/inside, move/work, digest/shit, birth/baby, curve/cycle, continuous/time
waterseat: fluid/water, crystalline/glass, inviting/immersion, threaten/shattering, sit in/womb, sit on/throne, ethereal/it, coarse/me, rest/time.
STANDSTILL: heavy/concrete, light/air, solid frame, void/center, stationary tomb, moving through/door, permanent/it, fragile/me, alive/artist, dead/sculpture, outside/hole, inside/whole, momentary / time.