Dear family and friends of
Salt Lake City
I have seen all of you recently after celebrating my nephews 3rd birthday at Disneyland during my summer Amtrak vacation. In retrospect, it was a sort of existential crisis/vision quest culminating in my escape from NY. I enjoyed visiting everyone and I would like you to be a part of a project that I’m doing during Art Basel in Miami. This show is being organized by Brian Butler. He has secured a space in an abandoned hotel that is currently undergoing renovations.
Various sites I visited via Amtrak that may provide significant source material:
Los Angeles: Watts Towers, The Griffith Observatory and Richard Artschwager
Portland: Burnside, The Church of Scientology and Mount Tabor
Salt Lake City: Gilgal Gardens, Fruitland, Little and Big Cottonwood Canyon
Chicago: Lake Michigan, Eveeland (the name of Matt Lane’s building)
Detroit: The Heidelburg Project, Hamtramck Disneyland, the people mover and Lake St. Clair
New Orleans: The Saint Louis Cemetary and the shack I stayed in
Richmond: The James River
New York City: Rockaway Beach, my apartment, my studio, my job
Mr Potato Head
Geographical proximity is not a necessary starting point. Other possibilities may include physical features such as:
If everyone decided to make lips for instance I think that would make an excellent portrait.
I am not taking ownership of these works I am simply providing the mortar, tar or rubber cement required to compile disparate elements. A completed object may be placed, rolled or even thrown, but each element will be carefully considered. It will be an accumulation and the resulting objects will contain multiple pieces similar in process to a memory jug. You may contribute as many works as you wish in any media. I want to emphasize that 2-D works won't pose any problem. The space has it’s limitations in scale but I am not overly concerned about accommodating larger pieces. The end result is unknown but it will be a collaborative experiment with friends and strangers in various places. Most of you are artists but some of you may not identify as being one. Good!
If this is appealing please ship to: