On Distraction, 2015. Installation. Dimensions variable.
(This exhibition was planned as a score to a walk. A drift.)
I am tempted to think that speed, or time – making time, reading time, reception time – is its essential make up and materiality. Painting shares equal space with distraction as a mode of recognition and remembrance.To be productively and positively distracted means we might bring a different quality of attention to the world and our activities. This could be a mode of apprehension–over and above understanding–structured not by inattention on one hand, or passive absorption on the other. Nor would it be timed or instrumentalized and carry the heavy weight of a desired aim. To drift. Something of the promise bound up in dérive: an unplanned journey through a landscape of material and visual culture that conjures up a sudden shift in ambiance and an abundance of experience not structured by either work or leisure. A walk.*
*John Slyce text for On Distraction show at F2 Galería