You mentioned, in the show statement, that you use a zen-like approach for this show and you’re taking a step further by incorporating the binary system.
When I’m being good for myself, I go to Zen meditation in the mornings. Though, I’m probably an Anarchist if I needed to apply a dogma to my life, Taoism is a philosophy I really enjoy. Zen plays a big part in my large scale street pieces. Zen masters before the 20th century did not generally consider their painting or calligraphy to be ‘art’ but rather just part of their practice. I like that thought very much. When I make my large scale paintings, or lost object installations there is a real Zen feel to the whole process for me for several reasons. First, I find my process very meditative and secondly aesthetically; I am always trying to find a ‘balanced’ feeling in my work. I rarely start with a fully formed plan when I make, and I only know a piece is finished when it feels balanced.
The way that Zen is involved in the new works for Finder/Builder and the way that binary ties into it, is all about my more fervent use of software and computer hardware driven tools. These modern systems are largely binary, and binary was invented by Gottfried Leibniz in the 17th century as a result of his introduction to the I Ching (A very old Chinese masterwork which depicts the universe as a progression of contradicting dualities… the Taoist would later call this concept Yin and Yang). For me though, a further extension, a more personal extension is in finding a way to use these ‘high-tech’ tools in a way that has the same Zen-like process effect that I enjoy when making large scale street or installation work. So far, I think I’m finding it. I have become very good ‘friends’ with the laser cutter, and I am learning how to sort of ‘draw’ with her. The biggest problem actually is that, once I fall into the meditative creative state I love so much, my time will be up, and I have to hand over the laser cutter to the next person. Boo hoo.
What sets this show apart from your previous ones?
This more intense marriage of hand-crafting and high-tech tools .
What is that one piece that you anticipate to show to your audience? Why?
Not really one piece per se, but a fully formed idea. I will be presenting an array of pieces made in different materials, but with luck, the audience will feel an overall balance in this exhibition. An aesthetic balance of color and composition, a balance of new tools and hand-craft, a balance of old lost objects in new shapes and forms.