Building is the act or business of constructing something, or a structure with walls and a roof. A building is built, as are the character, relationships, narrative, and meaning of our lives. We are Building everyday. The work in Building documents the development of a middle class neighbourhood in an affluent city and acts as a metaphor for the construction of meaning in our lives. We constantly survey, excavate, set the foundation, frame, wire, and finish. We are perpetually Building both where we live and who we live as. Most of the time never really paying attention to the process or the materials used in either construction. Along the way material and debris are haphazardly scattered, a constant reminder of perpetual progress, quietly foreshadowing the final structure.

  1. A series of photographs that show details and aspects of construction in an urban setting.
  2. Laser or water cut a cinder block into a puzzle like piece. Or create a facade of concrete block with an ellipse cut out of it. Using the depth of the block as a line width for the edge of the ellipse. Extract the ellipse from the individual block? Alternately cut a smooth yet organic shape out of a non-mortared wall of concrete block, or it could be a partial retaining wall with a curve cut in it.
  3. Thousands of electrical wires braided across the floor that flow from a scaffold tower. Utilize different levels of the tower and different spools—or a conflagration of spools— of wire to flow down and be braided or wound together and across the gallery. Pseudo inspired by the Rapunzel fairytale.
  4. Performance behind the Mylar wall. The pseudo dance piece performed in a flesh coloured jumpsuit. Could also morph into a simple frame room with opaque plastic walls that would serve as a way to camouflage the viewer or the artist from the remainder of the show and audience. An isolation room of sorts. Maybe it contains a sculpture.
  5. Gold leafed electrical junction boxes or hand tools like a hammer, saw, or screwdriver. The sacred and profane.
  6. Make a series of sculptures from 2x4 framing material, various shapes and configurations utilizing 225 wooden studs and make each of the sculptures have organic properties, concave and convex dents and bumps along the vertical surfaces. 225 studs in a “bundle” = 15 rows of 15 studs. These would also have a temporal and performance aspect and work as performance pieces for the overall show being assembled and disassembled over a course of 8 hour work days..
  7. Scroll pieces of an 8 x 8 block with a chisel to replicate an ornate Corinthian column capital.
  8. Create paintings of terrazzo floors in different colours. Maybe make a terrazzo sphere sculpture, or a series of different size cubes.
  9. Slices in walls or maybe more practically custom made walls in the gallery space that would allow pieces to move through them like we imagine the wiring and utilities flow through subway walls. Or the idea of framed photos slicing through a temporary wall as if jettisoned with force by some cataclysmic collision.
  10. Metal stud room. Room of contrition or room of loose confinement.
  11. Metal stud cube created by alternating layers of wall structure supported in an angled square cut out base the idea of the cube standing on its corner.
  12. Tarps formed over structures to create sculpture. Buckets, boxes, palettes, 2x4 and plywood. Alternately different tarps “extruded” from a moveable 8’ x 8’ Gallery wall with a circular opening cut into it. The idea of flowers or of a forcefully flowing sewer pipe.
  13. Palette tower, wedged inner week the floor and ceiling to give it strength and solidity.
  14. Conical kinetic sculpture that “rolls” on its rounded side. Maybe install it on an industrial hot dog cooling roller to get it to move?
  15. Square of blue insulation board with thousand of nails hammered into it. Hamilton’s contribution to building as represented by the ardox nail. Could also be done in plywood but it would be harder to remove/recycle.
  16. Nail pile created out of an outrageously large number of 3” ardox spiral nails.
  17. A hoarding square replete with custom made propaganda posters for imaginary events, bands, products. Maybe a little window that looks in upon another sculpture of another hoarding wall just like the exterior one.
  18. Create aggregate piles by hand using a wheelbarrow shovel and hand made “chute” that could resemble the piles dumped by trucks at construction sites. Video of the dirt pile or aggregate pile creation. Emulate the mound of material as deposited by a one of those site machines with a conveyor belt construction. Hand crank it to create the piles.
  19. Wrapped- the original idea for the tarp projects where I’m wrapped in tarps and then take self-portraits in forests and other “natural” settings.
  20. Make sculptures by taking wooden architectural details, paint them white, reduce them by slicing and cutting to create simpler more basic shapes then reconstructing those shapes into sculpture.
  21. Fencing material with an overlay of photographic work in paper, rolled up so the fencing compliments the photographic print. Snow fence with a huge yellow print or maybe a striped print, or maybe print on cotton material or tyvek. Simplified it might just be sculpture that’s created by unrolling a snow fence and painting the individual wooden sticks different colours or gradients of greyscale.
  22. Utility light sculpture built by taking multiple utility lights to create a mass of the things. Hook it up to an automatically controlled dimmer that is activated by a weapons proximity. The closer they get the darker it grows.
  23. Cut a metal I beam into various lengths with a torch to create multiple “h” like pieces that could stand together in a grouping. Maybe an aluminum beam to keep weight down and allow for cutting with a grinder or saw.
  24. Name each piece in this proposed show in relation to a stage of life.
  25. Rebar structure that is self supporting comprised of different lengths of bar standing on the floor but with a poured resin vase to hold everything in place. Rebar sculpture. Perhaps in a circular base from the floor into and through a circular hole in the wall.
  26. Router plywood in way to emulate  a contour map of a mountain but in reverse. Cut each sheet so an organic shape acts like a hole then make the next one slightly smaller and slightly different shaped. Channel Paterson Ewen. But make it a cube of plywood with a layers strip mine effect inside.


1 Comment

  1. Robert

    As someone who has recently been immersed in a building project, I have been astonished at the sense of wonder that so often occurs when I catch a view of my work from an unexpected angle, revealing beauty that usually be overlooked. Many of your images reveal how that beauty isn’t created, it is just “there” waiting to be found.


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