One of the main
functions of art is the engagement of awareness. This engagement
occurs within the artist during the creation of the work and when
an artwork succeeds this engagement occurs within the viewer. It
is in those moments when the viewer is engaged and a new awareness,
an expanded view is brought forward that art fulfills its function.
The direction of this awareness is determined by the focus of the
artist. My current focus is an engagement with the phenomenal world
and my work consists of mapping phenomena. These maps may include:
the shifting of shadows; paths of bugs, birds, planes, etc.; patterns
of sound; and body sensations. My work is about being in relationship
with the world and is a practice of being present. My intention
is to engage the viewer in this question of presence.
The action took
place in the northeastern alcove of the Oakland Museum gardens. On
Saturday June 5th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. using chalk and charcoal
I mapped the various phenomena (including the people who entered the
alcove) on the concrete wall and floor of the alcove. The mapping
included: the shifting of shadows; the paths of bugs, birds, people,
planes, etc; patterns of sound; and body sensations. During this time
I was primarily focused on paying attention to what was happening
but was also available for questions.