A quasi-science fiction four-part epic Negative Space explores the violence of boundary making practices and agency as enacted through subjugated positions. Each work is non-linear and allegorical, built around a physical system: power (the sun), the body, space (void/land) and water. Through a process of conjuring and deconstructing science fiction tropes, the videos work at intersection of politics and fantasy. Negative Space raises questions about the allocation of resources, environmental fragility, marginalized bodies, and their relationship to place.
As a formal term in art, “negative space” denotes the unseen matter between and around the subject(s). The subject is the focus of our attention, a definable or fixed entity. Negative space is a compositional gap used to accentuate the primacy of the subject. What is compelling about negative space is that it is an unfixed open set of possibilities or agency that evolves from a subordinate position. Set in a speculative present, the premise of the Negative Space quartet is to envision a new materialist cosmology wherein hierarchical relations permute—a queer re-orientation within the dystopia of our current fractured reality.
NEGATIVE SPACE (A WORK IN FOUR PARTS)
POWER (the sun): A Smeary Spot, 2015
THE BODY: Living Room, 2017
WATER: What is Perverse is Liquid (TBA)