The title for the “From a Pool…” series is in reference to Jorge Luis Borges' story “The Garden of Forking Paths,” which explores the notion of infinite time. I explore this concept through my practice of open-ended and repeated improvisations in these tight material constraints.
Each unit is formed always starting with the same ingredients, a single sheet of a set number of the same stickers- 150 small circular stickers in 5 colors, with 30 stickers of each color. With these same circular set of players-- what can they become? How can they be seen new? How close to same can they be and still be different? Daily I practiced forming new aggregates with these same pieces, ever surprised by the array of different results- nearing infinite and getting closer.
Overlapping these circular units in different configurations, obscuring and, mixing these basic colors, building symmetries and appendages and movements through different experiments and improvised rules these creatures’ figures form.
The works pictured below are a small sampling of a seemingly endless collection, ever forming. I began this process of piling stickers in 2009, and first showed a small group of these “pool” pieces as part of an installation in Kyoto in 2010. A number of these figures have been mounted on painted paper and are currently included in the Artspace New Haven Flatfile, along with another similar series. In 2017, I self-published a book of this series, copies are available on request.