The Blob Files Project was inspired in part by a visit to Donald Judd’s studio in Marfa, TX and in part by a retrospective of Robert Smithson’s work at the Dallas Museum of Art. In each case, what I had previously perceived of as dry conceptual blocks and mounds was instead revealed to be loaded with very humorous, optical manipulations. The sort of optical flipping that is common in a dyslexic experience.
The Blob Files consist of units with each containing twelve 7”x 5” low relief sculpture panels sitting on three aluminum shelves. These panels are not sculptural objects but rather they capture the blank space around a sculptural object. Think of them like a photographic negative. They document the opposite of what is seen.
When installed, the Blob Files function like time-lapse photography; as the light changes throughout the day, the visual solidity of the Blob Files shifts.
In a low difffused light, the panels appear as pale drawings on flat white surfaces. As the room brightens the hollows create shadows, defining the viewers knowledge and response. In a stark, bright light from above, the contrast of shadow and light references a graphic quality suggestive of ink brush calligraphy.
The jewel occurs when the light is just right. The highlights and the shadows flip causing the hollow areas to become solid and the solid plains to become voids. Once the eye accepts that as the truth, the panels are transformed into specimen jars, each containing a strange object floating in an atmospheric void.
This flipping from one truth into the next is the targeted dyslexic effect.