In February 2019 we closed the storage units we had occupied in Upland, California, since 2006 or -7, filled a 26’ box truck with the contents, drove that vehicle through the mountain passes of Cali and Oregon in the midst of winter, and unloaded everything into our Astoria home. The POST-STORAGE essay in three parts samples the art that had been sequestered in those four containers in the Inland Empire. They (the artworks) span more than three decades of my projects and production, including samples and artifacts from Art for Humans Gallery Chinatown, the Sneaky Pete thesis series, DddD, O1, CONTENT thesis series, A Prayer for Clean Water I - V + Overflow Show, and much more. The texts cover Dimensionist theoretical territory, current affairs and the artist’s shifting perspective that arrives post-50 (almost 55). Not least in the mix is the re-contextualization of art, text and life happening in the novel (to us) Northwest Coast environment. The Astorias of Queens and Oregon are separated by the American continent. What does that distance mean, post-Internet?
I don’t want to sound like a broken record, but the art industry is only one among many industries. Artists really ought not take it personally, when our portion of the industrial topology is twisted to the whims of the super-wealthy. Our thing is being decimated and distorted, just as so many venerable disciplines, crafts and stable economies are. I am comforted by the understanding that American society is fundamentally revolutionary, and the means by which the ugly, mediocre, inhumane, tyrannical, inequitable status quo can be upended is built into our system. Historically, the strongest rebels among us fit into demographics that today are under relentless, all-directional assault. A half-century ago, the inbred, cross-eyed, soft-hand, filthy, antisocial international super-rich correctly analyzed their enemies and developed short- and long-range strategies and tactics to re-instate their domination of humanity, which was disrupted temporarily in the 20th Century.
The artificial, by-design, horrific malevolent effects the 1%er beasts have unleashed upon their fellows include waves of elegantly packaged addiction, distraction, dislocation, aggression, swelling into a perfect storm of psychophrenia. The opportunism of the elites is a product of training, alliances, dehumanization and compound resources. The wealthiest can afford to test 1000 losing propositions to find the one that best serves their (the 1%) prurient, selfish and usually stupid purposes. The galling extent to which an unregulated aristocrat can induce chaos on well-organized, high-functioning community is anecdotally apparent to any analyst willing to witness the phenomenon. The Presidency of Donald Trump is a case study, but only one of hundreds. The Mayoral run of Michael Bloomberg present another instance, of a different flavor, which is true across the globe. For every Macron there is a Carlos Slim. The technocrats and plutocrats meet in Davos and Bilderberg summits, or informally wherever they like, to map the future they prefer and to shape that future with all the devices unimaginable wealth and power affords its masters. What the rest of us must recognize is that they exist by our collective permission, absent our individual capacity in most cases to counteract their synthetic will.
What are the 4D tools that activate effective creative movement? First is convolution. The woven form in martial applications is simultaneously offensive and defensive, conducive to the sequential application of smothering combinations by a strong practitioner on her opponent. The second is complexity. Technical variation adds to the confusion of the opponent, seeking to settle into a binary mode of engagement, governed by rules that improve the players odds. The feint is a type of disrupting syncopation in percussive flurries that can be utilized, for instance, to set up decisive blows. The third is sense of duration, which expresses as endurance, or tenacity. The nature of Event determines that those who excel at conforming to the contemporary are best situated to create useful derivation. The responsiveness of the player to variations in intensity of action will be important to the outcome of any match. There are others, but the key factor to remember is the fragility of hybrid virtual and analog combinations in any 4D scenario.