Progress is Annoying
This is why my projects never end. In the studio this week I found myself playing around with an installation idea I had for the Service Project, which was a performance/video project I worked on in 2011-12 but was never really satisfied with the way it displayed. Well, I think I just figured out how I want to display it.
The only problem is this: now that I know how I want to display it, I can see what is really required is to redo the project. Which will take 7 months. It will also require the purchase of a about $2000 worth of digital equipment, plus another $700-1000 or so worth of other materials and many, many hours of tinkering- both with materials and with video. (As a side note, this is where I wish I had a "team," ala Doris Salcedo, that could help me get things done more efficiently.) The end result, I think, would be something powerful, but amount of energy/resources required is daunting. Especially when I have no venue committed to exhibiting it.
Sadly, this is what progress looks like for me. Often what I consider the "project" is really the experimentation, the sketches, for the real Project.
Great Review at BetterLuckTomorrow
I am excited to announce that Better Luck Tomorrow has reviewed my Construction Collage series! I have been following this website since I was introduced to it about a month ago, and I can tell you I love what the creators (Joe the Human Factor Suzuki and Moto the Salarymansakka Okawa) are doing over there.
Do I love them more now that they did such an awesome write up of my work? Yeah, probably. But check it out for yourselves. Be sure to peruse the archives. Lots of great work to be seen. http://www.betterlucktomorrow.gallery/constructing-knowledge-david-jp-hooker/
Doris Salcedo Review at B&C
The good people at Books & Culture published my review of the Doris Salcedo exhibition at the MCA in Chicago. I don't typically write reviews, but this show blew me away. Check out my article by following the link: http://www.booksandculture.com/articles/webexclusives/2015/april/learning-to-look.html
Sweep Documentary (and More)
I am so pleased to let you all know that the short introductory video of the Sweep Project made by my friend Joonhee Park is now available online! The video is one of a series Joonhee made of each of the Wheaton College Art Department faculty, and they all premiered as part of the last Wheaton Theology Conference The Image of God in an Image Driven Age.
I have linked the Sweep video to the Sweep Project website (duh), but I would also encourage you to check out all the other videos at Joonhee's YouTube Channel.
Last week I gave a talk at the Wheaton College Chapel service. I was asked to speak about my piece Corpus, a commissioned work for the Bible and Theology department at the college. I used the time to also try to expand the notion of beauty, something I feel is particularly important in the Protestant Evangelical world. While this may not be everyone's cup of tea, I hope you may find something valuable in it.
the studio chair
A place for me to ramble on when I need to take a break.