Pep Abysmal (2018)
Pep Abysmal was a show I had up at the eponymous project space of Oregon collective Tropical Contemporary for a few weeks in January, 2018. As part of the exhibition, I traveled a couple hours to Eugene each weekend to work on an installation of collages, doodles, and thumbnail studies. The installation began with a big pile of small drawings on scrap paper that had built up in the studio over the years, and expanded outward as the days went by.
The following poem/essay was printed on the gallery guide. It’s a mystified two-part thematic explanation for each of the larger pieces in the show.
View: wholeness of void.
Focus: freedom through friendship.
View: under skin of first, each constructively incomplete.
Focus: loosen sinew, draft. Grant comfort of unknown.
View: open communication transcribed with reverent esotericism.
Focus: best friends forever…beware.
View: uneasy at parties.
Focus: blank, puckered, inexpensive space. In the center a heavy grin.
View: the thing you like but not the way you like it.
Focus: gimmicky beauty.
View: options aplenty.
Focus: freedom through void.
View: bubbling, impartial congeniality.
Focus: monstrify and satirize.
View: white-hot blame spree.
Focus: smirking, amorphous bruiser.
View: accept warmth. Absorb and redefine.
Focus: hell of a tomato sauce.