Spooky Distance at an Action

Jason Weese's avatar Jason Weese

“Spooky Distance at an Action” is a painting that can only be completed during a performance by the artist. After weeks of building up layer upon layer of splattered and sprayed paint, straddling a thin line between careful plan and spontaneous happenstance, I will add the final element during a performance at my venue. I will create the face on the head in the nebula, simultaneously completing and damaging the piece. This performance action is a commentary on the duality between agency versus nothingness and purpose versus random chance. Are our expectations about what is suppose to be happening in life (our hopes, dreams, and very sense of reality) only in our heads? Meaning is just an imagining, like a face in a cloud. It is so easily changed by countless factors. Then perhaps our dreams might just as well be as far away and unreachable as the furthest flung stars of the cosmos.

Entry Details
  • Art form: Time-Based
  • Depth: 6 inches
  • Medium: Acrylic paint and Styrofoam head on wood panel
  • Width: 24 inches
  • Year created: 2016
  • Height: 24 inches