STUDY FOR IMAGES FROM THE PAST TENSE (FOR DOUGLAS DAVIS), 2013:
A study for a reinterpretation of Douglas Davis television piece, Images from the Present Tense, 1971. Davis' piece consists of a television set on a pedestal, facing the wall, and tuned to non-broadcast (static). This effortless piece of conceptual art, created a slightly fluctuating aura on the wall in the gallery. For my show, Cover to Cover (on loan from the collection), I intend to remake this piece based on a couple of photographs and descriptions of the work. Davis did the least to generate the work, whereas I intend to do the most. I will fashion a facsimile of the original television and create a simulation of the glow on the wall through the use of a micro-controller controlled LEDs. My hope is that in so doing, I will create a tension between the concept of the piece and the craft. This study was an attempt to hash out the technical challenges of the piece while making a nostalgic portable television set like those seen in the kitchens of my childhood friends.