Nonparticipant I

Single channel HD video; 16:9 aspect ratio; 00:01:42 (loop)

 

Nonparticipant

2015

Nonparticipant II

Single channel HD video; 16:9 aspect ratio; 00:03:32 (loop)

Nonparticipant III

Single channel HD video; 16:9 aspect ratio; 00:05:07 (loop)

Nonparticipant IV

Single channel HD video; 16:9 aspect ratio; 00:00:41 (loop)

The Nonparticipant series is an interwoven exploration of Romantic landscape painting, contemporary visual languages, and postmodern reevaluations of subject and object. Formally, these images playfully reference “sublime” landscape paintings from the nineteenth century, but with the natural grandeur of historical sublime works replaced by quotidian, constructed environments – the defiant human subject by a collection of store-bought vegetables; the sublime equation is represented, but the metrics are shifted, presenting a relationship between subject and landscape that both subverts and acknowledges the dominance of anthropocentric narratives throughout Western artistic and sociological history. Concurrently, the scenes depicted tread an uncomfortable line between stillness and movement, placing in conversation the grounded, imperial hermeneutics that marked Western art history and the decentered, active interpretive systems characteristic of the twenty-first century’s formal and conceptual artistic discourses.