Four men whom I never met and who never knew each other but whose bloodlines converge in my children, 2003
aluminum, latex paint, powder coating,
5520 aluminum blocks;
each panel 32 x 40 x 2 inches
Four men whom I never met… is based on digital distillations of photographic portraits of the artist’s ancestors. The sense of distance from past generations is reflected in the literal breakdown of the images, which are reconstructed out of painted square tubular aluminum extrusions. Stacked within frames, these become two-sided sculptural image panels that are hinged to the wall, allowing interaction and reconfiguration. A heap of aluminum blocks accompany the portraits, equivalent in size and number to the interiors of the image structures. Visitors are invited to construct new structures from these blocks, metaphorically echoing the random nature of family lineage and the strangers that make up our past.