painting-in-motion video, four channel sync video installation/single channel projection dimensions variable, RT: 4 minutes, 2012
edition of 3 + 2 AP

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triangulation: vimeo

Triangulation (2012) proposes to set abstract action painting free from the weight of art history by restoring and extending motion to paint moves without resorting to the use of narrative. Triangulation places viewer/participants directly inside an abstract painting rather than looking at it from a distance: in short, you experience the painting as it makes itself all around you.

Triangulation (variable dimensions but no less than 9' x 12') is a series of fifteen second vignettes of both abstract action and color field paintings-in-motion moving across four walls, clockwise in succession upon each wall, in a looped cycle four minutes in duration. Four unique transitions connect the vignettes as they traverse the space. While each vignette has distinct characteristics -- frustrated agitation, churning repression, jamming traffic and explosive vertigo -- what they locate as a suite are possibilities of release through rematerialization. This comes from "letting paint be paint" in each vignette -- actions, edges and motions are defined by marks, textures and color -- while exaggerating the material qualities of paint via projection (proportion, relief) and sequencing (repetitions of actions in and over a time base). Neither portraits nor landscapes in the traditional sense of the terms, Triangulation's component parts may perhaps instead be experienced as portraits of actions or actions of landscapes.

In Triangulation I propose paint marks can be ongoing events that primarily engage instinct rather than records of something that already happened on a surface meant to engage intellect. While both outcomes occur as the work is experienced, I believe that possibilities for abstraction to be an agent of change are intensified if abstract work is transforming before us as we physically enter and move through spaces of painting in the here-and-now.

The documentation of Triangulation above was presented as part of Immaterial Ergonomics, a group exhibition with Brice Bischoff, Ryan Perez, Matt Sheridan, and Maria Walker at Space 4 Art in San Diego, CA from14 April through 26 May 2012. The installation was made possible in part by an ARC grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation. Curators: Ariel Mitchell, Chris Warr, Joshua Jon Miller, Mike Calway-Fagen and Morgan Manduley.


Below please find still images of other installations in Salvador da Bahia Brazil, the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, and a festival in Rosemead CA.

Triangulation in: Futurama (group exhibition/festival)
curators: Andrea May and Erica Telles, Praça des Artes, Salvador da Bahia Brazil
courtesy Instituto Sacatar fellowship /
Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs / CEI travel grant December 2012


Triangulation backing performances by dance music artist GALA
Highline Ballroom, NYC January 2014
Medals Plaza, XXII Winter Olympic Games, Sochi Russia February 2014

gala @ sochi (1:16 - 2:38) -- youtube


Triangulation, single channel painting-in-motion projection on Rosemead High School, as exhibited in: Bright Light Night Festival, 11/15/14, curator: Helen Hua; Rosemead CA





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