2017-04, Elliott Wall, Electrum, oil on panel, 16×22, 02

Electrum (detail)

This piece, which my wife thinks I should title, “I’ll show THEM!”, is another experimental variation on spoiling a gift with inscrutability and cognitive dissonance. The ideal will be to place the viewer in a position whereby they are consumed with attempting to explain why they can’t reasonably have a certain kind of work of art in their living room, instead having the image always with them in their mind, along with the viewer’s own system of difficult or failed reconciliations. My hope is to elicit reactions which do not include whether one likes or dislikes something; imagine if you couldn’t decide if you liked or disliked something, and also were not indifferent: in order to qualify and understand the work you would only be able to first qualify and understand the self.