Black Box

This series is a continuation of my fascination with the various ways of looking at chalkboards. They can convey messages both written and pictoral, carry that message through time and, once erased and written over retain some vestige of those past messages like strata in a canyon wall.

 

The instigation of this series came from the book How Children Learn by John Holt. The books subject is Holts theories on learning and memory systems in children. Reading it, I began to question my own memory and its workings.

 

These pieces act as both illustrators of the various systems our minds use to categorize and retain information, and as personal self-help exercises.

 

All works are chalk on slate-painted wood panel.

Name Association, 2003

Name Association, 2003

16" x 33"

Names (stack), 2003

Names (stack), 2003

16" x 33"

Misspelling, 2003

Misspelling, 2003

16" x 16"

Memory Systems, 2003

Memory Systems, 2003

25" x 25"

Reasons, 2003

Reasons, 2003

16" x 16"

Names (list), 2003

Names (list), 2003

16" x 33"

Definition, 2003

Definition, 2003

16" x 33"

Open Letter, 2003

Open Letter, 2003

18" x 50"

To Do List, 2003

To Do List, 2003

36" x 26"

Thank You, 2005

Thank You, 2005

38" x 40"

Contemporary art artist UNC Chapel Hill Durham Raleigh North Carolina RTP Conceptual Sculpture Drawing Painting Skeptic Mythology Belief Comparative beliefs religion cinematography movies timelines Golden Belt Ackland Nasher Duke North Carolina State NCCCA Wetherspoon Black Mountain Ashland Greensboro Winston Salem Eureka Humboldt Arcata Oakland California Mills College Humboldt State University College of the Redwoods