The making of Olomouc

In 2017, I sat in on Prof. Dr. Bernd Herzogenrath’s (Goethe Universität) yearly seminar on experimental art in Olomouc, Czech Republic. The weeklong seminar for students from both Goethe Universität and Univerzita Palackého v Olomouci commemorated the 200th anniversary of Henry David Thoreau’s birthday with a look at the influence of American Transcendentalism on American art and culture, with a particular focus on John Cage, American avant-garde music and related practices. Prof. Herzogenrath gave an introductory lecture and visiting artists Christopher Shultis, Hee Sook Kim and Craig Shepard presented talks and performances, and guided silent walks. Students were then introduced …

Chris Mann “speaking is difficult”

I’ve spent weeks trying to write about my experience of Chris Mann’s work, and every time I sit down, I decimate what I’ve written before in a maelstrom of editing. The more I think about his work, which is centered in language, the more I recognize the inherent lack of precision in words themselves and in my own phrasing. In my effort to more exactly convey my thoughts, the impossibility becomes frustratingly more apparent. It’s only now that I am realizing how hilarious this is given that Mann’s work – though exacting and precise in his use of language – …

Some thoughts on making “Choose a Color”

I love to watch people. I love to watch them on the street, in cafes, at home, getting out of the car, and on their cell phones. I love to watch my family, friends, co-workers, and strangers. I love to watch the elderly, children, teenagers, and adults. I love to watch their hands, ears, faces, and ankles. I love to see the light play on the curve of cheeks, shadows of brows, and turns of shoulders. I love to watch people move: to walk, trot, stroll, meander, and dance. I love to see them shrug, slump, perk up. I love …

The making of “Skaters”

In a little park at the entrance to the Williamsburg Bridge in Brooklyn, New York, there are often kids rolling around on skateboards, bikes and scooters. Looming overhead is an equestrian statue of George Washington at Valley Forge, swathed in blankets and sitting proudly on a horse with bowed head. One summer afternoon I set my camera on a tripod near the monument. I sat for hours collecting sequential still photographs of teenagers on skateboards, skating the length of the monument and attempting to land tricks off the end of the granite steps. The idea was to capture movement in …