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Updated: 2017-09-19 17:24:39

STATEMENT OF WORK

LISA YOUNG



ARTIST STATEMENT



My projects examine the intersection of the pedestrian, the repetitive, and the imperfect with the transcendent, the beautiful, and the perfect. I am interested in the way that the repetitive action of accumulating and organizing can create its own poetics. I create collections of everyday images (figure skating from prime time TV, fortune cookie fortunes, tickertape parades) and filter them through frameworks that both organize the data and transform it into something new. A video juxtaposing televised skating performances examines the fleeting nature of success. A web archive generates a linguistic exploration of common desires found in fortune cookie fortunes. Fans releasing toilet paper skyward during a tickertape parade create a series of transcendent snapshots.


I enjoy using structures that allow for chance occurrences - creating the possibility for sublime happenings through embracing the flawed and the unexpected. By committing to a process I try to uncover how lines of thought can emerge from a preoccupation with repeated gestures, or the way something transcendent can be generated through methodical, intermediate actions. The finished project is a chance to present what I find compelling in a way that is legible to others. The resulting works read as formal documents, a framing of my consciousness and observation, and as a series of ephemera that reflect the incomplete and transitory qualities of the sublime.


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