PRECARIOUS PLACES [2012–2015]

Precarious Places in the Established Order, 2015, opened the lid on an experience of a new order for my own translation of the world through an art making practice. The limited access highway system plays a ubiquitous function in activating experiences of both the exceptional and the mundane. As conduit architecture, its design tends toward common­ use efficiency and control rather than geographic awareness or sensitivity to place.

In an ongoing attempt to become more sensitive to peripheral spaces, the Precarious Places project centralizes the role of photographic documentation as a tool for exposing the latent potential of the highway environment, and to give it a human scale context. As a visual artist, I approach this research with an open ended sensibility, favoring description, potential, and play rather than data driven evidence.
Concepts of “non­spaces,” and human traces challenge common notions of architecture and monument as it relates to the highway. The tiled floor of a roadside cafe sits completely exposed to the elements, the dirt bike hills hidden just feet below the overpass, and the pile of clothing left strewn across the middle section of a divided road. These are monuments to human activity amidst the highway architecture.
Installed at the Ohio University Art Gallery, Athens, OH 2015