Installation at Jia Yuan Studio

Suzhou, China



In the spring of 2011, I asked myself the following question: what would a river's dream look like? And with that I began to make lists of words and concepts as well as a series drawings and paintings exploring possible answers to such a question. I began to try and separate the river into various components: stones, water, flow, sound, algae, insect swarms. And as I did the river became more and more abstract. Soon I was trying to envision the river that we cannot see that flows through the ground underneath the river. And I began to think of the river not as water, but as a resonant body filling the mountain valley with the sound of water's interaction with stone and air. And then it was record of melting snow and the record of the storms that brought the snow. And then each eddy held onto a small bit of subterranean knowledge. And the river became light, an infinity of ever changing reflections—the light breathing in and out of the river in the play of trees' shadows and the arc of sun and moon across the sky.The question lead me into wholly new territory. I began to experiment with large fabric structures, seeing if I could find ways to suspend stones inside them, ways of giving shape to water's flow around boulders, ways of articulating the scintillation of light on water's surface. I was delighted to find that many of the issues that interest me in my paintings, namely those of momentum, dynamic states, and material relevance, began to find voice in these experiments as well. But unlike my paintings, the nature of these experiments became quite contingent upon the space where they were being built.


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