Fountain started from an obsession with the physicality of young people playing in urban park water fountains. I worked with Kamilla Kinard and Catalina Cabal, employing water images and metaphors to transform their relationship to the studio space and one another. In examining water, we thought a lot about forces that move us and move through us. I grew up in a place where the ocean shaped the environment, created the weather, and provided the conditions for work and leisure. The ocean’s sensual allure sat next to the reality of rip-tides that could pull you out from shore and erosion that literally sank houses into the sea. In urban park water fountains, I saw vestiges of this big ocean feeling—water’s affect. In small spraying streams of water, young people of all ages seemed to lose inhibition as they rocked, splashed, and interacted lovingly with wet concrete surfaces. Working with this affect to develop partnering material, we found ways to transform, support, push, pull, provide power, erode, transport, immerse in, and surround one another. The qualities of water that we extracted to work with delivered us into negotiations of physical force, restriction, and influence.
Figure One Gallery