ING THE PANOPTIC FUGUE, THE VISUO-COGNITIVE DISAMBIGUATION OF A FIGURATIVE ARRAY DRAWN THROUGH A LOOP - 2005
This project is both a video and a series of 144 paintings, each about 4 inches square.
The paintings are an exploration into certain ideas I had developed in sketches done over several years while living in Japan. The sketches each consisted of many small iconographic figures, each related to its neighbors through some sort of transformation of similar form.
I then created a video which explains these images at great length. Simply exploring the logic of the drawing's interrelationships resulted in a highly absurdist narrative with an inner symbolic logic. The resulting script is as exhaustive as "Le Researche du Temps Perdu" but without any reference to the artist's personal subjective experience or memory.
This work's conceit is to take the notion of creative authority to its logical extreme. I appear not in the role of the artist, but as a "talking head" - a news anchor or host of an educational video. It is my hope that the highly ridiculous idiosyncratic naming convention of the drawings leads the viewers to reject this authority.
That said, I truly do stand by the accuracy of these interpretations as regards what I was thinking while creating these drawings. Something is gained when an artist has the grace to not monopolize the interpretation of his own work; the viewer is afforded room for her own perceptions. But, despite my own creative antiauthoritarian views (which match the generally-accepted stance of contemporary art theory), this piece posits that something is lost as well.
> The adopted pro-authority logic of this work is countered by numerous projects, including China Readings, Perceival, pix.periment and Mortal Treasures. This style of black and white painting lead to Array Perceival, among others.