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|Bil Fleming: work installation!|
Visual artist (Washington/USA)
Residency period: 25th August - 6th October 2011
I have not yet met anyone who has visited Armenia. Most people I have asked cannot find Armenia on a globe. As I contemplate a residency in Armenia I am acutely aware how energy intensive air is. This poses a challenge to core expressions of my past work and personal ethics. Is it possible to reconcile these contradictions?
I am a sculptor who shapes objects from other objects. In French I would be called a “bricoluer”. In Italian my methods might be described as “l’arte d’arrangiarsi”. This translates roughly to the art of making something out of nothing, the art of getting by, of improvisation, of finding a way, of inventing something, of managing (somehow), of self-reliance. Multi-media might accurately, though obscurely describe my work.
I am fascinated with Armenian culture and history especially the identity of Armenians as descendants of Biblical Noah: Ark Builder, Captain of Creation’s Lifeboat and Great Deluge Survivor. This is a poignant narrative at this time of mass species extinction and global climatic change. In Armenia I will create work for exhibit, performance or demonstration focused on the theme of “Business as Unusual”. My interpretation may use interactive kinetic objects, installations, workshops, and/or images to invite and encourage individual viewer inter-action to create meaning, motion, movement, and change.