2001, what got me in

Late fall, 2001, in Sacramento, California, USA, I applied to the graduate program at the University of California at Davis.  I had a set of slides shot by Izzy Schwartz…

I was accepted to the program.

Half way through the program I combined the slides, all the actual pieces in the slides, and all the support materials that were part of the application packet into 1 artwork entitled, WHAT GOT ME IN…

Currently, they are in BOX #3…here.

2002, a studio

2002, art grads (10 of 16) studio building, University of California, USA…visible window locates the studio that was mine…

window, inside…

interior…

…started to sense that everything in the studio was part of one big artwork (installation), and that I would have to figure out how to control or not control it (hypercontrol vs chance became important), started relating individual artworks to other individual artworks and groupings of artworks and to furniture, tools, walls, stains, etc., dark and dank studio atmosphere encouraged feelings of claustrophobia which were released by daily long walks along a creek nearby, began to control my stuff by binding and arranging.

look but do not touch

At the end of the first year of grad school at UC Davis in the summer of 2003 I changed studios, from a dark dank smallish space to a largish airy skylit space.

It was at that point that I realized I was working on an all-encompassing on-going artwork…a box was no longer only a box, a single ‘finished’ artwork was no longer just that…it all was 1 artwork made of artworks made of artworks made of artworks.

I intuitively situated all my stuff into the new space and called it an installation.  I left it that way for 24 hours with the door wide open with a sign stating ‘look, but do not touch’.  As far as I know no one saw it.