I was offered the opportunity for the show in late July, which gave me approximately two and a half months to produce as much finished work as needed to fill the gallery. Deadlines can make for good motivation, and set me on a fantastic path for making the best work I have made to date. All in all there are seven major pieces in the show, and five smaller works. I would like to write a bit about each one, to give some insight on my thought process. I have some photos that I will be sharing, please keep in mind the work has not been professionally shot yet.
“The Grass is Always Greener”
It is isn't it?
It's better just over there.
The neighbor's yard is much healthier than mine.
It has to be easier than this
The grass around here is so brown and prickly
Everyone is so sour and grumpy
There has to be a better place.
The grass square is that same one mentioned above, which was actually a remnant of my former life in Philadelphia. There is some very real personal significance in using that particular piece of material. I do believe that objects contain powerful energy, often that energy becomes one of the reasons an object or material is used in a piece of sculpture. In this case, introducing an actual element that was present in my life during a time of great change seems appropriate. When I think of the phrase “The Grass is Always Greener” it brings on feelings of nostalgia, of where I was, where I've been, what I've been through and finally where I am now. It reminds us to take stock and really examine where were are in life at the current moment.
The overall gesture really makes me think of a yard dart. The last time I played with a yard dart was a couple of years ago at a childhood friend's house. He had a small wooden trebuchet he had constructed, we rigged it up to hurl yard darts at pizza box targets.
I chose to present the work in the very formal frame for a couple of reasons: aesthetically as a reaction to this very manufactured square of plastic grass. It makes that grass really important, frames it like a 3-D painting. I was also thinking about a diorama in a museum. Here are a few pics of the piece in the gallery: