untitled (SHOES DROP), 2014
Uses the sneakers as an economical way to work with a type of morphic serial imagery. They also record types of traces of use (mud, scuffs, paint, or wear.) In production (wearing the shoes for five years), I have separated the uses for each pair so that there is a distinction in the type of wear visible on the shoe.
The work is related to a popular art historical subject. This work studies the ‘character’ of used objects, or objects which seem to have been used in a particular way. Shoes are discussed in this area of judgement. It is a study in the graphic marks and evidence. The large group of shoes is a way of simultaneously observing use/ disuse and wear causes and what type of appeal or anti-aesthetic resides in this look.
The idea for having the shoes look as if they are dropping came from the saying ‘Waiting for the other shoe to drop.’ Aesthetics are necessarily simultaneous with human action — even if this action is limited to ‘paying attention.’ However, typically, the actions related to an aesthetic event are more broad, ranging from thought and communication to wider social and political action. So in this way, the aesthetic is located as a fulcrum (between people) of agency in a broader sense. The wallpaper provides a picture which one can consider value judgement in relation to this exchange.