My work in D’CLINIC reflects on prefabricated “master narratives” which societies enact either out of convenes, prejudice, or ignorance. Men are smarter than Women. Cities are better than towns. White is better than Black. Heterosexuals are more respectable than Homosexuals. Fine art is superior to craft. Why would you live in Zalaegerszeg when you could live in Budapest? While it is obvious certain individuals do not buy into these master narratives, the artwork throughout D-Clinic and much of my work outside of this residency aims to facilitate a personal reflection on the narratives we are trained to believe, and spark a dialog for social change.
I am a classically trained sculptor, and have a tendency to think physically, but I have also learned that some questions can not be answered in the round. My work at D’CLINIC has taken the form of paintings, live performance, video work, writing and installation. I have played a lot with artistic expectations at this residency; painting complex compositions straight onto the walls, while saving canvases for stylized reproductions of household crafts. I also have started a new body of work titled MANtance, which derives from the word Maintenance. The project is a series of satirical demonstrations that explore white males maintaining the status quo at any cost. I want my work to seem familiar and domestic, butunder the comfort of familiar symbols and friendly colors, are problems we can only address as a collective if we really want to see change for the better. (*photo credits also to Jamison E.)
This series of short videos were inspired by navigating and exploring the twisting streets of Zalaegerszeg. Out of the angular, Brutalist architecture of the old Soviet buildings, people emerge into the maze of streets. The sharp lines and edges of many homes are in contrast to the kinetic and lively social atmosphere. There are destinations and deviations, routines and responses. Everywhere, I see the repetition of grids and lines, alternating patterns and layers of domestic space. The rigid stratification across the horizon is separated by the movement and color of life. People gather, merge and fragment between open spaces and narrow passageways. These videos were primarily created using Processing, a JAVA based type of open-source computer code. Generative and random attributes were written in the code to allow unpredictable patterns and movement to be present within these films. It is my intent to reveal the beauty of patterns within the square form and social interaction.
The interactive sound installation was inspired by the spy radio stations that emerged throughout Europe during World War Two. These are transmissions of beeps, pulses, melodies, phrases or numbers that have been repeating for several decades, particularly active during the Cold War era. To whom they are directed to and from where they originate has never been officially acknowledged by any military or government from around the world. People have made audio recordings and have documented the transmission frequencies, but to date, have never discovered a working facility or radio operators. The transmissions are rumored to be coordinates, instructions, covert mission directives, or even subliminal commands to awaken trained agents or sleeper cells. This interactive sound installation allows participants to explore and take control of a spy radio station transmitter. The controls are unmarked and their functions are unknown. A spy will be hidden among the exhibition patrons, maybe waiting to receive or transmit a signal.