Security Blanket (troubleweed)

Installation with Security blanket (troubleweed) 2015, Bolsky Gallery, Los Angeles, California, installation, traveling object.Materials: Photographic print on bathing towel (troubleweed), wooden monkey, dried roses, clear plexi, twine, golden clamps, cotton bags of salt labeled “take me”, a few left with visitors to the exhibition.

The installation: explores symbolic and literal functions of narrative. Symbolic objects specifically arranged in space make material from: Boundary, Grief, Security, Transparency, Choice. The Photographic print on bathing towel (troubleweed) continues to be sent via USPS & photographed by artists, continuing the installations thematic elements based on: Trust, Transparency, Choice, Cooperation, Resource.

The traveling towel: USPS continues to provide a form of information travel across vast space of the United States landscape. Letters once carried by horse, traverse through horsepower and machine sorting, with humans remaining in critical roles within the system, particularly the points of contact. The shipments are made among personally cherished friendships and those I have yet to meet. As Jamie Grace Davis describes in “Point of Connection” here the will to share vision, documentation, and shipping enact the geographical distance as a consistent theme motivated by personal labor. Labours of will, care, effort, the human as the maker of what science deems: spooky action at a distance. This installation transformed into an ongoing body of work, the bodies of labor, in the time of the internet, where communication and sincerity has expanded so far as to be questioned to exist at all and critiqued as sentimental. This work serves as a scientific proof, an archive, a record of the real existence of the motives of care, play, trust, and free will, within systems of commodity and capital, connecting people across timezones and geography, through the means in which some claim as a critique to destroy such human bonds, and in (troubleweed)  shows the developing forces as a Douglas Adams described in HGG: a towel: is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have.

Troubleweed bathing towel photographed as hypothetical bathing towel at Bygdøy Sjobad, Oslo, Norway, 2016.

Troubleweed bathing towel photographed as a Dog Day Story by Mark Uhalley, Los Angeles, California, 2017. Mark’s Vimeo channel.

Troubleweed bathing towel photography as An Empty Pool by Bryan Bankston, Richmond, Texas, 2017. Bryan’s Photography page on Facebook.

Troubleweed bathing towel photography as a Beach Day Desire Story by Stephanie Larson, Fort Myers, Florida, 2017.  Instagram @tangle.atingle. Futureme.org

Troubleweed bathing towel photography as a Fire Escape Story by Christina Song, Chicago, Illinois, 2017. Instagram @softycreamy

Troubleweed bathing towel photography as an Elephant Story by Maggie Meiners, photographed in Africa, 2017. Maggie’s website. @maggiemeinersphotography 

Troubleweed bathing towel photography as legs looking toward the bay by Justine Genevieve Bianco, Palo Alto, 2017. Justine’s Website.

{ Soon: Trouble weed bathing towel photography by Jennifer Brandon, San Francisco, California, 2017. }

Troubleweed bathing towel photography as mourning veil by Brett Manning, Royal Center, Indiana, 2018. Brett’s Instagram & Etsy Shoppe.

{ Soon: Trouble weed bathing towel photography by Maren Celest, Chicago, Illinois, 2018. }