My Father's Flag
1990 was the year that the sandpaintings became the primary means of working. In June, with the exhibition "My Father's Flag" at American Fine Arts on Wooster Street in New York, Failure Institute came into existence and the idea that all my work should be ephemeral took hold.
Early in 1990, I was invited to participate in a group show called "The Word" at New Langton Arts in San Francisco:
1990 - 10' x 22' - sand and salt. One of the earliest sandpaintings. A listing of names (sans vowels) of the people involved in the Charles Stuart murder case (Boston, 1989).
"My Father's Flag" 1990, 16' x 66', sand and tinted sand.
Sand painting containing the names (sans vowels) of people and events influencing the artist's life since 1968. Documentation at the exhibition described the work as "concerned with failure on both a personal and global level". A raking light was achieved by cutting a hole in the gallery wall and directing sunlight into the space with a large mirror out on Wooster Street. (As realized: American Fine Arts, Co., New York)
"My Father's Flag (West)" 1990, 16' x 66' sand and tinted sand.
A variation on the painting exhibited at American Fine Arts. During one month in 1990, both versions of the painting were being shown, one on each side of the country. (As realized: Linda Farris Gallery, Seattle)
At both exhibitions of "My Father's Flag", there was also displayed a two-part Cibachrome self-portrait entitled: "I Am The Closing Door." 1990, Cibachrome prints, dimensions variable. (These two images were linked with a length of thin rope.)