Trigger: Nancy Brooks Brody
The embedded work is a body of work that I’ve actually been thinking about since 1999. But I’ve really just started to concentrate on it now and I’m very grateful that the New Museum gave me a space to work with this material. It’s an awkward space, it’s a hallway, it’s by a staircase, it’s also very challenging.
With this work I’m curious about how embedding into the wall itself, penetrating into space with unmoored shapes—in this case they’re lines based on a measure from the body, one is 47 inches one is 48 inches and there’s also a round circle which is based on the glory hole which relates to the paintings in the other room in terms of title. And the glory hole is an unmoored, disembodied shape in space as well. The thing I’m curious about with these pieces is how unmoored shapes in space embedded into the wall activates the wall itself and engages with the architecture of the space differently than just hanging a painting on a wall or making a drawing and working on a substrate. This makes the entire wall part of the piece and the negative space, the wall itself, the sheetrock is as much taken into consideration as the shape that I’ve penetrated or embedded into the architecture of the museum wall itself.