Neon sign & printed matter takeaway realized for an exhibition of the same name.
A neon sign has been appropriated from a popular nation-wide sandwich store and folded into my practice as another working mantra. A double-sided risograph takeaway provides exhibition literature on one side, and on the other, a list of the chemical ingredients and scent accords used for a recently completed fragrance-work.
I’m at ease when I cook in the kitchen. Home cooking is one of my favorite choreographies. I’ve rehearsed it many times and find comfort in performing the right moves at the right times. If the chop is over salted or undercooked, relax. It’s just practice, and there’s always more pork. Like Steve Lambert says, “utopia is not a destination, but a direction”.
If my cooking practice were a peanut butter, it would be of the smooth variety: refined, elegant, dependable, easy pleasing. And if we are to compare life choreographies to peanut butters, then my art practice would most definitely be crunchy. Some prefer crunchy with its road bumps, the unavoidable frictions, that jut up and outward along an otherwise perfectly satisfying smooth slick.
While a butcher block sculpture of the Mayor’s “mañana” may not seem to immediately converse with a pristinely etched butt of a Florentine sculpture, try backing up to work towards a constellation of meaning. These are some disparate materials and traditions, unified in valuing the slower, quieter powers of place and home—all done with the gratitude, curiosity and hunger of a just-arrived dinner guest.
Sign fabrication by Leafcutter Studio. Sign dedication to Jess Borusky and Elvis Achepol. Risograph printing by No Style, S.P. Exhibited alongside Kristen Dikio’s Public Cards at Open Mind Art Space, Santa Monica, CA.
Free Smells, has since been exhibited in the storefront of the Institute for Art and Olfaction.