23 Apr '11, 1pm

In Case of Emergency, Tap, Tap... - Artist takes on the human dilemma. (VID)

The sculpture “pending” originated in my desire to make a piece that has the sense of how I feel about the environmental destruction that we humans have so blithely initiated. (I was drawn to call it tocsin , for a couple of reasons, but it is unsuitable, for a couple of reasons, not least because tocsin has an imperative ring to it.) My secret hope was somehow to transcend the obvious ominous and find another way to emotionally process the information. As it turns out, that has not happened. I sat in the gallery yesterday afternoon and found that the intermittent mild hammer tap was easy to ignore, I think in the same way that we ignore repeated upsetting new information documenting climate change. It gets absorbed into and becomes part of the shifting dark background status quo (which we can bear), rather than transformed into action. Regarding changing people’s minds th...

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The sculpture “pending” originated in my desire to make a piece that has the sense of how I feel about the environmental d...