Manuport, McClendon Ave., August 2008, 2009
Media files, electronics, concrete
For Manuport, McClendon Avenue, 2008 I have combined a chunk
of concrete aggregate, a relic from some industrial site, with a multimedia
recording of a particular urban incident, the runoff from an auto collision
with a fire hydrant. The
small scene is easily abstracted as a landscape and may represent cataclysmic
geologic activity. The aggregate support acts as a foundation for the
scene of rushing water.
In archeological terms a manuport is a natural object, such as a stone
or seashell, which has been moved, by the hand of man, from one place
to another. My “manuport” is
the combination of an unnatural scene and a mass of industrial debris, which
have been transported from the city streets to be placed in a refined environment.
An archeologist must evaluate artifacts according to accepted conventions; an
artist may interpret according to his own standards. It follows
that each observer brings a unique set of tools to evaluation.