vinyl decals : extending beyond the gallery
To encourage osmosis through the protective membrane that surrounds many fine arts institutions and can intimidate those not schooled in art, I often place my work in contexts where people might encounter it without having set out to see art. Toward that end, I have undertaken a series of adhesive window decals that allow me to insert ideas inside as well as beyond an exhibition space, and from which I can take rubbings that reference intergenerational imprinting--i.e., the transference of objects, attitudes, and habits. My independent efforts to normalize encounters with, and thus consumption of, fine art dovetail with my collaborative curatorial work with Slop Art as well as projects undertaken with students. Many of these initiatives challenge vestigial fine art hierarchies, such as the ranking of certain media and exhibition venues above others, as well as valuing one-of-a-kind and even limited edition objects above the mass-produced. Conventional value structures that revolve around rarity and financial value must not eclipse the real potential for artwork to change perspectives and thus lives.