This introduction contains excerpts from my 13:46 minute video and sound sculpture installation “American Gothic, A Hole in the Ground”. I began making this piece during a period in my life when I had to find alternative ways to provide healthy food for myself and my young son when we were financially unable. I learned to forage for wild edible plants and one day came across a golf course during an outing. The vast manicured expanse provided no food at all but told an interesting story about food, land use, commodities and priority patterns in American culture.
This installation edition is housed within a vintage arcade game cabinet, now a relic of the transitional period between the tactile and digital age in American history. This is central to the theme of “American Gothic, A Hole in the Ground”.
The video itself transitions back and forth between scenes of that golf course and a bowl on my kitchen table. Beans are tossed into the bowl over time and as each bean lands into the bowl points and other “rewards” accumulate in classic video game style. If a bean misses the bowl the screen goes back to the golf course. As the video progresses an embedded image of Grant Wood’s iconic painting “American Gothic” starts to gradually emerge. “Rewards” often include phrases taken from random social media content.
Accompanying vintage video game sounds, I wrote and performed a six part score to intentionally play only during the golf course scenes, however as the kitchen bowl fills up, the score plays continuously until the outro when there is an unexpected occurrence on the golf course green.
“American Gothic, A Hole in the Ground” is part of my upcoming exhibition "Frontier Thesis" at Flanders Gallery August 1- September 30, 2014. For more information contact Flanders Gallery at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can contact me at email@example.com to request a pdf of the 10 page essay/ artist statement for the "Frontier Thesis" catalogue, high res images and other inquiries.