How much time does one's mind spend outside the body in the age of disembodiment?
Shovelling Piles is a heuristic experience where I learn with mostly physical rather than predominant cognitive involvement.
I labour under a simple equation: show up, work hard for a set duration, and be conscious with my body. This work also questions productivity.
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FEDERAL GRADE YELLOW:
In 1958-59, Frank Stella completed a series of black paintings that referenced a working class attitude toward art making. He approached the paintings in a standardized, rational way by letting the brush determine the geometric scheme of each piece.
Due to inability to source an official company to paint necessary safety markers in the parkade of a building I manage in reasonable time, I recalled Stella’s approach to standardized painting and decided to paint them myself to code (32″ from the ground, 28″ high in Federal Grade Yellow).
The meditative process is a welcomed respite from day to day admin tasks. The work is systematic, its outcome pre-determined. Does it increase my body’s potential as I am physically productive-beyond what my existing job description requires? The demands for flexibility in immaterial labour requires one to be on beyond traditional business hours, but this is something else;it is art-making that fits into business hours.
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I pressure washed an entrance walkway at Emily Carr University in efforts to investigate productivity, physical labour, and the perceptions of the viewer.
I painted a pedestrian zone on a street that I walk daily to remind careless drivers that there are no sidewalks.
The text Water and Dreams (1942) by Gaston Bachelard discusses the psychological advantage of using natural water as a mirror. It suggests that a lake serves to make the human image more natural. It gives more innocence to the pride we have in our private contemplation and provides opportunity for open imagination. The precise analytic narcisim of a brightly lit reflection in a geometric mirror is an impure image of the self.
While reading this text, I visited a lake in my neighborhood several times. This inspired me to merge the two types of mirrors discussed by Bachelard by building a geometric water mirror filled with private enterprise water that claims to have the taste of purity and consider what reflection it might give.
I explore experiences that have the potential to stretch the limitations I set on myself as a disciplined participant of advanced capitalism.
My projects have taken root in movement and physicality and explores methodic gestures, civic duty, labour, and my place within these spheres.
While focussed on the freedom of my actions, I aim to represent a current human evolution that I am inevitably a part of.
I am a 5th generation French Canadian settler, currently living on the unceded and occupied First Nations territory of the Lekwungen, Coast Salish and WSÁNEĆ peoples called Saanich located on what is called southern Vancouver Island in the Pacific Northwest.