Experimental Practice

The other night I gave a talk about my work at the art school in Vancouver, thanks to Elizabeth McIntosh, a professor there. I kept stressing that everything I said was taught me by the work, that none of the ideas pre-exist the making, they all come out of the studio. But the great thing about giving talks is that they are yet another opportunity to learn. It’s not clear if the questioners are teaching me their ideas or whether they elicit something already present in the back of my mind. This time what came up is that the work is a kind of ongoing experiment that changes my understanding and perspective. It’s not an experiment in the scientific sense, because the results are always final—they are not stages toward some future result—but the process is open-ended and does produce knowledge. Those blobs and their dances are rearranging my insides. Thanks to art, where I meet the world is a pretty fluid boundary, always changing shape. I don’t know if that’s what I originally wanted from art, but that’s what I got.

Robert Linsley, Untitled 2009

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