If Words Could Kill…........
TC Herrington (United States) is an artist who works in a variety of media. By putting the viewer on the wrong track, TC Herrington tries to create works in which the actual event still has to take place or just has ended: moments evocative of atmosphere and suspense that are not part of a narrative thread. The drama unfolds elsewhere while the build-up of tension is frozen to become the memory of an event that will never take place. Her artworks demonstrate how life extends beyond its own subjective limits and often tells a story about the effects of global cultural interaction over the latter half of the twentieth century. It challenges the binaries we continually reconstruct between Self and Other, between our own ëcannibalí and ëcivilizedí selves. Through a radically singular approach that is nevertheless inscribed in the contemporary debate, she uses references and ideas that are so integrated into the process of the composition of the work that they may escape those who do not take the time to explore how and why these images haunt you, like a good film, long after youíve seen them. Her works are a drawn reflection upon the art of art itself: thoroughly self-referential, yet no less aesthetically pleasing, and therefore deeply inscribed in the history of modernism ñ made present most palpably in the artistís exploration of some of the most hallowed of modernist paradigms. By demonstrating the omnipresent lingering of a ëcorporate worldí, her works references post-colonial theory as well as the avant-garde or the post-modern and the left-wing democratic movement as a form of resistance against the logic of the capitalist market system. Her works are given improper functions: significations are inversed and form and content merge. Shapes are dissociated from their original meaning, by which the system in which they normally function is exposed. Initially unambiguous meanings are shattered and disseminate endlessly. If you've come to the conclusion of this artist's statment, I congratulate you for your efforts. Let it be known that this statement was generated by a computer program with only a few human inputs. This statement can be found archived with so many others online here: http://500letters.org/form_15.php?naam=choe-herrington_tess If you wish to generate your own Artist's Statement, please go to http://500letters.org.
This work is featured as part of the 2017 Alumni Exhibition: “Ambiguities/Innuendoes? Go Fish.”, on view at the Stamps Gallery in Ann Arbor. Check the exhibition page for dates, times, and hours.