quiet zone

Quiet Zone, 2014
66 x 64 in (168 x 162.5 cm)
Oil on canvas; performance intervention, Spokane, Washington

The “quiet zone” is the border around a QR (quick response) code that is required of recognition software to direct its users into the world of hyperlinks. This large canvas adopts this inherently digital language and transcribes it into the labor of art—thick with oil paint. It also functions as a relic from a performance intervention in Spokane, Washington in which (on two different occasions) a partner and I meandered through the streets and shops of downtown carrying the large painting and stopping to engage in conversation or to indulge in the snapping of its QR code. Reserving the ability to change the hyperlink’s destination allows for continued development of its conceptual connotations. The painting now resides in the Science and Technology Building at North Central High School in Spokane, Washington.

Ishi no Koe—voice of the stone—is a Japanese stonemason who sells gravestones embedded with QR codes. His concept is to allow visitors to view photos, videos and facts about the deceased simply by snapping the QR code. Each snap is automatically logged to allow friends and family to follow the visitations. Ishi’s hope is to “develop a new way to pay respect to the dead that wouldn’t require you to actually be at the cemetery in person.” If our current state of hyperreality dissuades us from visiting loved ones in the cemetery, why bother with visiting art in the gallery? Or books in the library? Where is there room for flesh and blood in a system infatuated with digital technology?

Resides in the permanent fine arts collection of North Central High School.

Exhibited June-July 2017 at Object Space in Spokane, Washington.

Exhibited April 2014 in Pearl Wings at Luxe Ballroom in Spokane, Washington.