Plastic Optimism
A Practice in Enabling Constraints

felt, mini-speakers, mini-lscd screens, foam core, bungee cords

A series of soft sculptures made from industrial felt, a headpiece for one occupant, and another for two. The completed sculptures hang from the ceiling by means of bungee cords. Small amplifiers embedded in the walls of these constructions play back simple instructions for movement. A third sculpture includes steps that lead up into a foam core building. The participant is encouraged to place their head within, in order to view footage of a person moving inside an institutional setting, the original foam sculpture placed upon their head.

Plastic Optimism: an ability to adjust to ones surroundings – to utilize structure as a means to propel oneself forward towards invention. Enabling Constraints: a method to provide structure to chaos – to present clarity amidst a proliferation of obstructions – a stubborn curiosity to engage with the boundaries that contain – to press up against borders – to consider seemingly concrete forms as malleable. Certain Determination: subtle shifts of spatial design – agility upon encountering obstacles along a meandering …  you fall into a hole, the next time you encounter the gap, you perceive it, but still tumble within, meeting the opening a third time, you observe it, pass along side, evading the collapse, only to trip into the next. A process of thinking through movement – improvise with perceived limitations – agency – an intention that informs the decision regarding a movement – towards a certain disruption of spatial order – a methodology – pass through form to recognize its function – a certain fondness for incongruity. Abstract Articulations. Kinesthetic Negotiations. Neurological Acrobatics.

Exhibition History

  • Ignition 4
    Galerie Leonard & Bina Ellen
    Montreal, CA