OPAQUE DISPLAYS 1-6, 2009-2014:
Opaque Displays is an ongoing series of sculptural works. This work has been shown at various locations in and around San Diego, including the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Luis de Jesus Seminal Projects, and Art Produce Gallery.
Each piece features the same minimalist reinterpretation of a vitrine, which houses a unique hobbyist-style mechanical recreation of a famous, macho work of post-minimalist art– such as, Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty. My interest with these pieces is to explore the changing relationship of the artist to the established art institutions, the tension between professionalism and amateurism, and the relationship of craft to “Fine Art”. All the dioramas were constructed based on representations of the works seen in museums, galleries, books, and through the internet. The impact the work has, even in the face of its inaccessibility, is fascinating to me. Creating representations of the work in the language of the hobbyist is a way to humorously deal with the macho nature of the craft and exhibition of these works. Through my representation of the works, I draw attention to their inevitable domestication at the hands of the institution.