a posteriori

This is a traveling exhibition featuring my a priori work that I will be taking, sequentially, to a specific set of cities and towns throughout the west.

The next stop on the a posteriori tour brings us to Pullman, Washington, home of Washington State University. The time and location of the exhibition has yet to be determined.

From April 14th to May 8th 2014, my work was on display at Gallery234 at the The University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyoming.

From September 16th to November 10th 2013, my work was on display at the Washington Hall Gallery at Centralia College in Centralia, Washington.

For the month of June 2013, my work was on display at the Community Fine Arts Center in Rock Springs, Wyoming.

Below is an explanation of my goals and the intended direction of this work.

A Posteriori: Tracing Divergent Histories through Time and Place

The saying, “Hindsight is 20/20,” is an oversimplification. It implies that it is easy to tell, when reflecting back on a series of events already occurred, what had actually transpired. Unfortunately, this simply is not the case. There are a number of variables that stand in the way of the idyllic unified history we all imagine. The largest of these variables is perspective. One’s perspective is a complicated balance of nature and nurture, and can vary greatly from one person to another and then can change over time.

Perspective is the lens through which we internalize and filter everything we perceive and colors our beliefs and individual interpretations of reality.

An important aspect of the work in this show is that it was all created and informed by information that I did not experience first-hand, A Priori. Whether it was because I did not know him at the time or I was physically unable to be with him, in creating the glass pieces I was forced to investigate from afar, and trust the “evidence” I was able to find. This means that my version of what happened to him, his history according to me, was derived as much from the information that I was not able to attain as much as it came from the pieces I could.

The inferences I have made to fill in the blanks were informed by the experiences with him I did have and were therefore tinted by my own perspective.

A Posteriori knowledge is knowledge based on experience or empirical evidence. The primary goal of this endeavor, this travelling exhibition, is to attempt to experience the places where James lived, chronologically in the order he was there; Rock Springs, Centralia, Laramie, Pullman, Cotati, Gig Harbor, Petersburg. Due to the fact that my perspective of him is based on my experiences with him, the only way to get a more objective view of his perspective at this juncture, is to trace his footsteps, and physically connect myself and this work, with the places that would have impressed themselves upon him.

 

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