Forth Wall
3 September 2015

The invented characters (Barbara Bloemink and Danielle Julian Norton as the metaphorical subject and object) are mined from the history of conceptual performance art and popular film. The characters are displaced within absurd narratives revolving around the stage set of a traditional “studio visit,” which in itself is a type of performance. Various scenarios reference the artist at work, the psychology of relationships, and the inherent merging of identities between life and work. The tension of meaning and meaninglessness as a central dilemma are actors as well. Fourth Wall, a term for the imaginary wall at the front of a theatre, asks us to consider the circumstances that not only define the artist figure, but also the roles and expectations artists must contend with and balance every day.
Through photography, video, sculpture, installation, and performance, my work explores how societal, economic, and cultural institutions construct representations, ideals, and identity. The crossover illuminates the role and expectations of the artist figure within larger governing institutions and the resulting influence that constructs the individual.

I Don’t Do Floors (Fourth Wall Series), 2013. Archival pigment print 24” x 36” image/27” x 40” paper/31” x 43” frame

I Don’t Do Floors (Fourth Wall Series), 2013.
Archival pigment print
24” x 36” image/27” x 40” paper/31” x 43” frame

The Triple Bottom Line (Fourth Wall Series), 2013. Archival pigment print 24” x 36½” image/27¾” x 39¾” paper/31” x 43” frame

The Triple Bottom Line (Fourth Wall Series), 2013.
Archival pigment print
24” x 36½” image/27¾” x 39¾” paper/31” x 43” frame

Fourth Wall Starring Barbara Bloemink (Fourth Wall Series), 2013. Archival pigment print 24” x 35¾” image/27½” x 40” paper/31” x 43” frame

Fourth Wall Starring Barbara Bloemink (Fourth Wall Series), 2013.
Archival pigment print
24” x 35¾” image/27½” x 40” paper/31” x 43” frame

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More Richard Tuttle than Dorothea Lange (Fourth Wall Series), 2013. Archival pigment print 36” x 24” image/40” x 27” paper/43” x 31” frame

More Richard Tuttle than Dorothea Lange (Fourth Wall Series), 2013.
Archival pigment print
36” x 24” image/40” x 27” paper/43” x 31” frame

Design Diaries and the Adventure of the Dark Dark Dark (Fourth Wall Series), 2013. Archival pigment print, plaster 36” x 24” image/40” x 27½” paper/43” x 31” frame

Design Diaries and the Adventure of the Dark Dark Dark (Fourth Wall Series), 2013.
Archival pigment print, plaster
36” x 24” image/40” x 27½” paper/43” x 31” frame

Design Diaries and the Adventure of the Dark Dark Dark (Fourth Wall Series), 2013. Archival pigment print, plaster 36” x 24” image/40” x 27½” paper/43” x 31” frame

Design Diaries and the Adventure of the Dark Dark Dark (Fourth Wall Series), 2013.
Archival pigment print, plaster
36” x 24” image/40” x 27½” paper/43” x 31” frame

Polke Potato Problem, 2014. Wood, vinyl, paper, plaster 15” x 10” x 18”

Polke Potato Problem, 2014.
Wood, vinyl, paper, plaster
15” x 10” x 18”

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Fourth Wall, 2014. The Weston.
Installation View

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Fourth Wall, 2014. The Weston.
Installation View

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Fourth Wall, 2014. The Weston.
Installation View

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Fourth Wall, 2014. The Weston.
Installation View

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Fourth Wall, 2014. The Weston.
Installation View

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