C O L L A B O R A T I O N 1996-2001
Gillian Brown is a photographer and conceptual artist. She studied at UCLA with
Robert Heineken in the late seventies and was part of the influential group of
conceptual photographers that were working in Southern California around that
time. I met her in 1991 in Takoma Park, Maryland where we both had studios,
and the process of creative sharing began almost immediately. We borrowed ideas,
techniques and imagery like clothes. By 1994 Jill was painting and I was working
in the dark room. We celebrated this creative exchange in a joint show of our
work at Troyer Gallery in Washington DC in 1996.
In 1997, we were invited to participate in a symposium and exhibition of artists and scientist concerned with perceptual thresholds sponsored by Denis Pelli from the Perceptual Psychology department at New York University. This gave us the impetus to develop our first intentional collaboration. As the title of the resulting video installation, You/Me, suggests, the process of collaboration itself became folded into the content of the work. Through the dance of co-authorship the formation of communicative thought was made newly manifest. This conversation continued and deepened when we collaborated on my thesis show at the University of Maryland, Each/Other, a meditation on psychological boundaries (and boundlessness) accompanied by a text from the French phenomenologist Maurice Merleau-Ponty.
In 2000 we were awarded a yearlong fellowship at Harvard University to develop an interactive video installation employing face-recognition software,Turnaround Time. Since then we have been working separately (Gillian moved to Iowa), but we consult each other constantly and show together often.
Proceed to Thesis that accompanies Each/Other - 1998
Proceed to Curating 2001-2002
Proceed to next work - A Solo Video Project - Unstill Then- 2002
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