Exit Statement 3/30/2103 Assembly by elimination
I start by ganging together commercial EXIT signs, scraping them, then cutting them apart and recombining the fragments. The result is a new kind of sign.
It could be called anti-sign and even drawing-in-reverse, a process of gradually scraping away image, ink, and message. But in this reversal of additive practices, I’m building up form, structure, and space- all by elimination.
Scraping the signs with straightedge and razor, while varying pressure and speed, creates a range of marks between drawing and painting. And sculpture: Throughout this carving process, by barely skimming the EXIT surfaces away, I allow ink vestiges and gouged substrate to remain, literally exposing the inner core of the sign, to define new physical and emotional environments.
I carve irradiated vistas; with firestorms burning through those expanded and scorched environments- from behind. White light finally becomes the essential tool of both expansion and immolation, beyond the razor.
Elimination is my method of discovering what is left.