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 same make of shoes for five years), each pair was worn only for a unique use case (running, gardening, painting etc) so that there are distinctive types of wear visible on the shoes.
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 judgment. 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 only possible through 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 wraps a picture around value judgment in relation to this exchange.