Vote with Your Feet consists of eight pieces that are storage facilities for stencil panels whose images address a particular theme. The image that predominates is that of feet. The feet may be walking, dancing, swimming or suffering some measure of damage, but the feet all bear upon the question of how an individual decides to position him or herself in regards to the larger community. Does one march in step with the collective or does one march to the beat of a different drum?
The templates are cut from rag paper and mounted on a mesh material that has been stretched over wooden frames. The templates are unused so they represent a suspension of process. It is up to the viewer to imagine how the stencils might be used and what the resulting image would look like.
The individual assemblies incorporate from four to twenty stencil panels. Six of the assemblies are wall mounted and two are freestanding. The wall mounted units range in size from four feet high and four feet wide to eleven feet high and twelve feet wide. Brown kraft paper is stapled to the wall behind the wall mounted pieces, providing the contrast needed to effectively read the images on the stencil panels and contributing to the overall utilitarian appearance of the installation. Wood products and threaded metal rod or 6” ladder hooks make up the remainder of the assembly. Installation can be effected with conventional hand tools such as a cordless screw gun and a level. In most cases I perform the actual installation. However, in that the Hartnett Gallery is integral to an educational program, I would be there simply to supervise and assist if that is recommended.
Artist Bio / CV
2003 Unnatural Selection: The How Now of the Brown Cow and Plow a Row, Seed is Sown, Manchester Community College, Manchester, CT
2000 The How Now of the Brown Cow: from Unnatural Selection: ,
District of Columbia Art Center, Washington, DC
2000 The Egypt Thing, Gallery of South Orange, South Orange, NJ
1998 The Trouble with Reproduction, New Britain Museum, New Britain, CT
1998 Snakes / Grasses, Heywood Gallery, Worchester, MA
1998 Clone and Consequence, Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT
1987 Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT
1985 Mona Berman Gallery, New Haven, CT
2008 Industry, 621 Gallery, Tallahassee, Florida
2007 50,000 Beds, Artspace, New Haven, CT, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT and Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, CT
2007 Contemporary Connecticut, Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT
2004 Annual Exhibition, DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA
2004 Symposium 10, Pierro Gallery, South Orange, N.J.
2003 After Matisse/Picasso, P.S.1, Long Island City, NY
2001 Inside Out:Six Individual Artists, Hera Gallery, Wakefield, RI
2000 The Home Show, John Slade Ely House Gallery, New Haven, CT
1997 No England, No Amsterdam 2, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT
1997 Word as Image, Edinboro University, Edinboro, PA
1995 RAW Space, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT
1992 Resonances, Lyman Allyn Museum, New London, CT
1991 Connecticut Bienniel, Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT
1989 Fantastic Creatures, Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT
1989 An Artificial Nature, Soho Center for the Visual Arts, New York, NY
1987 Artist’s Toys, Palm Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
1986 Art as Theater, Theater as Art, Limbo Gallery, New York, NY
1983 Ketchman-Scullion, Mona Berman Gallery, New Haven, CT
1982 The Blite and Whack Show, Public Image Gallery, New York, NY
1978 Post Card Art, P.S.1, Long Island City, NY (also Arte Fiera, Bologna, Italy w/Organization of Independent Artists)