Labor of Suggestion
2018 / aluminum, wood, latex, steel, LEDs, paint / 180" x 132" x 144"
Labor of Suggestion is an installation devoted to inhibiting and obscuring direct access. Reminiscent of shelving and storage, similar to that found in food presentation and preparation, the works presented recall scenarios in which objects of desire are within view yet out of reach. Unlike a consumer ogling sweetmeats, the voyeur’s gaze in this space becomes obstructed by a thin film - a skin barrier that reduces the silhouette and detail of the contents inside to a fuzzy blur. Through diffusing this visual information, the relationship between bodies in the room becomes one of pure speculative experience.
The realization of this exhibition took place at School 33 in Baltimore MD, and was funded in part by a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant.