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Model for Daedelus

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posted on 13.04.2011, 00:00 by Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford
My present work has been gravitating around the concept of navigation and liminal moments I have come to think of as futile heroics. These moments are attractive because through them I can address issues of nostalgia and historicity. How are heroes constructed and remembered? How is myth forgotten? What are visual signifiers of the apparatus of memory? Finn’s legendary salmon of knowledge, the Dark Rift, rocket man conquistadors, Samuel Coleridge’s Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner, and the story of Icarus have played into my thinking of the mobile hero, that of the named and that of the anonymous. (In New York City a Hero is also a sandwich.) My studio art practice is centered upon material inquiry and Model For Daedelus is both visual documentation of my work and the work itself, documenting a sculptural performance. Through form I articulate something of my inner chronicle, stochastically and methodologically laboring towards meaning making. This storytelling necessitates content-making, an infusion akin to John Locke writing of a blind man exclaiming that he knew what scarlet signified, indeed scarlet was very much like the sound of a trumpet! I believe that synaesthesia crosses more boundaries than just the senses and my investigations delve into how material might become lucid and fluid, shifting from itself into a sham riot of the heroic.


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Entry in 2009 in The Image of Research, a competition for students in graduate or professional degree programs at UIC, sponsored by UIC's Graduate College and the University Library. Images of award recipients and honorable mention images on exhibition in the Richard J. Daley Library and the Library of the Health Sciences, April 16-May 12, 2009.

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