Work in Progress Retrospective: 1984-

Since much of my work relates to the concept of objects and their respective spheres of meaning and memory, I’ve inevitably encountered evidence of my own artistic past through my ongoing career. While combing through sizable stacks of photographs documenting my past in art and life, I found myself repeatedly confronted with evidence of my artistic production and journey. Process and collection has remained such an important part of my life throughout my life that even images as nostalgic as childhood poses and adolescent hangouts included glimpses of the pieces I had been working on, the milestones I achieved, and the messages I encoded into my daily life, even at a very early age.

Steadily, I captured and collected these images as intentional documentation of my life as work. This process became its own artistic expression: a retrospective of my entire body of expression. When is a piece finished? How does the process of documentation affect the setting and spirit of an image? Work in Progress explores these questions with a healthy mixture of tongue-in-cheek self-aggrandizement and sincere reverence for history. This history refers both to my personal story as well as the weight of significance for any artist who reaches a point in their career that a retrospective is necessary. Back to the tongue-in-cheek – what have I done as an artist to deserve a retrospective?

The ubiquitous office supply notecards bearing these images force a sense of order and archival meticulousness into this process. I housed the cards in black aluminum lunch pales, the same kind my father brought to work with him at a factory in Cincinnati, Ohio. Viewers are invited to thumb through the notecards themselves, manually examining the intersection of order with meaning, memory with argument, history with present.

By its very nature as a work, I will be contributing to Work in Progress for the rest of my life. I have 17 identical lunch pales ready to house my future works. Though it stands as a document to my personal journey, I hope viewers walk away with a new perspective on how the seas of their past crash into the shoreline of the present on a daily basis.

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