First American Art Magazine No. 21, Winter 2018/19 - Page 68

PROFILE was known for making Minimalist and conceptual yarn sculptures. 1 He has greatly influenced my current work. Through this roundabout way, I started drawing lines using string. You could say that string brought out or recovered my interest in drawing. So string is basically drawing by other means—drawing with lines in air. String can also be colored, long, short, flexible, cut, tied together, knotted, and a bunch of other things, yes? I’m inter- ested to know how your use of string functions as a metaphor. What does string say about the world we live in? My approach to using string is for its ability to fill an empty space with the least amount of physical material possible. One challenging thing that I enjoy when working with string is the moment when I try to do something Working with string is a process and a performance. with its form, shape, or function, and it’s not working the way I want it to; string can be both frustrating and rewarding at the same time. For example, when I attempt to make a connection between two points on a wall. Let’s say that from one wall to another wall I will have a sag, a dip, in the string in the middle, which is caused by gravity. If I don’t want that sag or dip in the middle, what I do next is make the string tighter between the walls. In doing this, I am forced to lose the elemental characteristics of the string itself and therefore the work becomes something totally different from what I first imagined. Working with string is a process and a performance. Have you studied string theory and its possible application to your artistic practice? String theory claims that all objects in the universe are composed of strings and membranes of energy, which means that multiple dimensions of the universe probably exist, most of which we cannot see. It would seem that, in many ways, your use of string goes far beyond the world of art and aesthetics and into the orbit of physics, since all objects in the universe, according to string theory, are made of string. Hmm, I haven’t considered any connec- tion to string theory at this point, but certainly researching and experimenting with space had me in knots. My studio space is a good example of randomness, of the chaos that governs the laws of the universe. For instance, at one point during my MFA studies 1. “Fred Sandback,” Lisson Gallery, accessed October 12, 2018, web. “The American artist Fred Sandback (1943–2003) worked with elastic cord and acrylic yarn to delineate or bifurcate three-dimensional space, creating room-filling volumetric forms using the most minimal of means. By stretching single strands of yarn point-to-point to create geometric figures, Sandback’s near intangible objects nevertheless amounted to precise and subtle delineations of pictorial planes and architectural volumes.” 66 | WWW.FIRSTAMERICANARTMAGAZINE.COM