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While studying the Asmat culture of New Guinea, noted anthropologist Michael Rockefeller disappeared after his forty foot double pontoon boat capsized twelve miles from shore in local waters. He is presumed to have suffered his ultimate demise from either a shark or crocodile attack. However, experts have not conclusively dismissed the possibility of cannibalism. Before this fateful incident, the anthropologist extensively photographed and recorded the Asmat society while collecting artifacts and works of art from these unique peoples. Regarding the indigenous artwork, Rockefeller postulated that the Asmat artists did in fact have an advantage over the western artist. Western artists are inundated with a myriad of mediums, causing them to effectively be removed from the tactile influence of their immediate surroundings, whereas the Asmat artist is confined to native materials and therefore subject to the natural forces inherent…

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  • Joined September 19, 2011

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While studying the Asmat culture of New Guinea, noted anthropologist Michael Rockefeller disappeared after his forty foot double pontoon boat capsized twelve miles from shore in local waters. He is presumed to have suffered his ultimate demise from either a shark or crocodile attack. However, experts have not conclusively dismissed the possibility of cannibalism. Before this fateful incident, the anthropologist extensively photographed and recorded the Asmat society while collecting artifacts and works of art from these unique peoples. Regarding the indigenous artwork, Rockefeller postulated that the Asmat artists did in fact have an advantage over the western artist. Western artists are inundated with a myriad of mediums, causing them to effectively be removed from the tactile influence of their immediate surroundings, whereas the Asmat artist is confined to native materials and therefore subject to the natural forces inherent within any given space. Essentially, the Asmat artist is given his or her creative voice from the energy and materials radiating among them – nature provides. Rockefeller's collections can be seen today at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Peabody Museum.

I had started my own speculative collection, I wanted to see how much cardboard came into my house in one month, they package everything in that shit, shoe boxes, granola bar boxes, soap boxes, microwaves come in boxes, pizzas come in boxes, some boxes even come wrapped in bigger boxes, some boxes are so exquisitely engineered that champion origami folders are commissioned and employed to create the patterns; beer comes in boxes – I had lots of those – all the cardboard that came into my world I saved. My initial reaction was of a structural nature. Could this collection of cardboard, if arranged properly, support weight and maintain the integrity to endure sustained pressure, strain, and tension. These experiments proved to be successful but ultimately uninspiring. And then I discovered the Asmat, read portions of Rockefeller's work, and this current body of work did vibrate, momentarily, with possibility. I began to find cardboard everywhere. I found stockpiles of cardboard tubes - little ones for holding rolls of paper, medium sized tubes for holding higher quality rolls of paper, and larger tubes for pouring the concrete footings of structures. I found mat board and poster board, corrugated cardboard and double ply corrugated cardboard – even corrugated cardboard with varying gauges on the same sheet – I was intrigued, this collection now appeared to make sense, but I was still hesitant. Then I remembered Rauschenberg and experienced a lucid dream with that big black crow from "Canyon," and I remembered the strange cut-ups of Burroughs and Gysin I had read in the past. Stepping of my front porch after experiencing the Rauschenberg-Crow dream, or nightmare, I was confronted with a prodigious stack of magazines neatly bundled for recycling and it was all over, or just beginning, that material is even more ubiquitous than cardboard, they send it to you in the mail – the universe or the post office?

My younger brother studies Physics, he and I came to the conclusion that one could argue eruditely for a Doctoral dissertation that a cake in motion will stay in motion until acted upon by a batter of equal or lesser force, I then correlated this to the principle of ideas. Will an idea in motion stay in motion until acted upon by an equal or lesser force? This idea is currently in motion and I realized that my paintings exist in this manner; I tend to think of them as found objects. When I finish a painting I prefer to stow it away in a closet, drawer, hutch, cabinet, or corner where it will remain until I forget why it was painted. Now I usually find these paintings when I am searching for more space to store cardboard and the inception of a symbiotic balance has found roots.

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