Wrapped and Woven (Please click on image to view)
All objects are wrapped using a single piece of ratchet strapping.
144 ft. woven strap, ratchet, d-ring hardware, plywood
13 ¾” x 12 ¼” x 12 ¼”
205 ft. woven strap, ratchet d-ring
hardware, 2" x 4" pine board
96 ¼” x 4 ¼” x 2 ¼”
200 ft. woven strap, ratchet, d-ring hardware, 8" diameter Sonotube
24 ½” x 8 ½” x 8 ½”
161 ft. woven strap, ratchet, custom cinder block, S-hooks, D-ring hardware
Untitled (Branden's Painting)
144 ft. woven strap, ratchet, canvas, pine, acrylic paint
208 ft. woven strap, ratchet, trumpet case, trumpet, sheet music
These woven objects began in the spring of 2020, just as we were transitioning to virtual learning and losing access to graduate studios. Untitled (Cube) was the first of these objects produced and born out of a heuristic approach. At this time, I didn’t know how I was going to produce work in the sense I had grown accustomed to regarding tools, space, material, comradery, and social interactions. What started out as a practice of using materials available in order to get from point A to point B, turned out to be a body of work that comments on material history and associations, as well as the potential for strong narratives.
Although these pieces began as an exercise and a means to create, they can also be read as the unconscious need for control through their absurd construction and attention to order. The color calls further attention to this. Unlike Untitled (Cube), Untitled (2x4), and Untitled (Sonotube), which have a jokey quality and relate more to the construction quality forms and materials found in the studio, Untitled (Painting) and Untitled (Case) shifts the content towards a stronger narrative without answering the question as to why?
The simple gesture of weaving a painting, which was given to me as a gift (I don’t like the painting) from a friend, calls into question where the painting ends and the weaving begins? The absurdity of wrapping the painting shut creates a new painting, and offering new visual vocabulary.
Much in the same way I carefully considered placement of the ratchet in Untitled (Painting), the extended handle on the case of Untitled (Case) acts as a humorous gesture that could reference a cowlick. The curiousness of wrapping a case, not only opposes its function, but the contents of the case further compounded and load the narrative potential of the work.
With the most recent works in this series, I have also begun recording the sound produced during their making. You can hear an excerpt of this audio in the drawing constraint, Use a Tool to Make a Drawing.