Myths of the Academy is part of an experimental project by Associate Professor Richard Fletcher - Department of Classics, Ohio State University - about the role of the artist in the contemporary university, explored through the lens of Plato's myths. Meat Sink is the second annual MINT members show, the collective and artist-run space in which I participate. My work for MOTA was a carefully calibrated and executed project, fitting for an investigation of how artists must operate within the academy or institution. The work for Meat Sink was more loose and freeform, fitting within the limitless-feeling confines of an egalitarian collective attempting to operate outside of capitalist assigned values.
"Ass Gas or Grass: Nobody Rides For Free" is a revisionist replica of the Oval lawn at the Ohio State University, made from pieces of cut turfgrass painted 'Woodlawn Promised Land' green. I was considering Plato's garden, academic green spaces, and the myth of the American lawn while making this work.
"Below Your Mind" is an installation that brings a lawn inside of the former meat-packaging facility turned artist-run space, upon which MINT members perform sensory awakening group exercises (taken from a 1968 instructional text). As well as exploring the properties of the lawn as a designed object, the result is a meditation on the dynamics of an egalitarian collective and the physical place it inhabits. The video is projected back into the space where it was shot, and includes instructions for the viewers who watch from the indoor warehouse lawn.