Overhead view of paper confetti mandala.
Detail of paper confetti mandala
View of gallery from behind mandala.
Left side installation.
The Letter and The Drill.
Shadows of left side installation.
Close-up of hole-punched architectural plan.
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In response to "The Letter, The Drill, The Backup Plan," I composed a new installation for a show called "Hi/Lo" at Embark Gallery (Feb. 5th through March 12th). Many thanks go to Txutxo for inspiration and permission to use copies of his architectural plans for SUB/Mission improvements.
"Plan Backup The..." has 3 parts: The letter and photo that were included in the original installation, twelve pages of 36"x24" plan copies that have been hole punched as many times as possible with an 1/8" hole-punch, and a 5.5' diameter mandala made from the resulting paper confetti on the floor.
How many holes can you make in a sheet of paper before it starts to lose its integrity? Could I render the unused plans fragile, transparent, like lace, yet still half-legible? All the confetti made from this activity, like the people and energy associated with SUB/Mission, the gallery and inclusive venue, could now congeal into another form, or be dispersed. This dispersal, I felt, was the emotional fulcrum of the story, so I decided to play up the similarities between sand-painting mandalas and the giant drills (TBMs) I requested in "The Letter."
I also gave an artist talk called "Tedium as a Medium" at Embark on March 5th, where I outlined recent works and my thoughts on how humor and empathy can connect through repetitive actions.