Last dance before the landfill

Torrance Art Museum Aug1 2015 –Aug 31, 2015


STUDIO SYSTEM was an experimental exhibit in which artists were in residence for a month working at the Torrance Art Museum during museum hours, curated by Max Presneill. Participating artists: Sydney Croskery, Elizabeth Dorbad, Nancy Evans, Josh Hagler, Seth Kaufman, Hung Viet Nguyen, Don Porcella, Dickson Schneider, Mariángeles Soto-Díaz, Vincent Tomczyk and Valerie Wilcox.

My project during residency, Last Dance Before the Landfill, is about our impermanent, shifting relationship with stuff, material stuff. It explores the interplay between objects' symbolic and material insistence, the desires that form around their allure and relevance, and the inevitable gesture of discarding them.

The work began with objects I acquired through Orange County Craigslist. Throughout the month of Studio System at the TAM, I regularly checked the free and reduced listings, the curb alerts, the leftovers of Garage Sales, and created an installation that changed every day depending on what I found.

The objects used in Last Dance Before the Landfill have functions ranging from the decorative to the leisurely. Sunday paintings, a hand grill, frames, flooring, and cheap modernist rugs are all things we associate with a thriving middle class in America, or rather North America, as if declaring: look at our First World remains! There is an insistent aura not so much in these objects themselves as in their promise. This installation is simply about the remains of stuff - our painting leftovers, our species' object remains. Or maybe it's about repurposing and extending the life of things like painting, or about making painting-like things. Or maybe it's just a last dance before the landfill. I won't discard that.