JEAN KLIMACK
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I make artworks that have contradictions; works that lie between the sublime and ambivalence. Through these processes, I focus on contrasting materials and exhibit them in unusual ways. Working in this manner, tensions are created between the materials I choose or through the manipulation of their original contexts. At this point, I impose my sense of order, taking the mundane and simply reorganizing its significance.

My practice is to create a playing field where the materials, the processes and sometimes the timeframes are pre-determined. My work has a purpose that guides the activity with variables that are controlled and some that are purposely not controlled. A purposeful purposelessness as John Cage puts it. By using a sense of order to control some variables, attention is placed on those that I do not control.

My work has been informed by aspects of the everyday through the materials I choose and through simple activities that feed my interest in the passing of time. I am interested in moments in time and how numerous moments make up our daily lives. In particular, it is the small activities and experiences – banal moments – that I find interesting. Moments that may be considered nothing, but at the same time contain everything that is present: sights, sounds, smells, texture, life in general. I am interested in the banal moments in life that are easily dismissed or overlooked. Their relevance is still valid, if not in our thinking, at least in relation to the continuance of time.