Currently In Need of Addressing… 2017
Four Part Modular Installation
Canvas, steel, concrete, plastic, wood, images and foam-core
This work investigates the institution of higher education in contemporary art through sinister visual metaphor. Artists who undertake advanced study in an academic context seek to “arm” themselves with “tools” for further work. The artist’s body, and especially the artist’s brain, become the central tools to decode the concept of art. But these tools have a difficulty to take any actions or become decisive instruments. In fact, even as the artist gains tools, those tools become suspect and doubtable. Ultimately, Currently In Need of Addressing enacts obliteration of the artist’s mind; the habits of the artist, and the creative impulse itself, are displaced by elusive forms. Form is smothered, and function is made inutile. And yet the art education digestion of the artist shapes the learning space; to fill the mental “gaps” that become apparent thought the process.