Photographic and audio installation. 3 56” x 80” photographs on silk; 12 36” x 40” photographs on cardboard; sound recordings; and video projection; and installation component which divides the space into “the home” and “the park” with two walls, a door, three windows and a park bench.
Carry On strips the home to its most common denominator. Our social structure is focused on the house, the center of family activity. Home is the accumulation of personal traces and memories embodied in some treasured possessions. Socially, the loss of a house signifies complete dispossession and disaffiliation from community ties. Yet, does not the need for home extend beyond personal circumstances to encompass every human being? Is it possible to contain the home in a suitcase, a bag or a shopping cart in the absence of a dwelling? Does becoming houseless necessarily make us homeless?
These questions are not without consequence: they force us to redefine the boundary between the private and the public spheres. People whose home is the streets use areas shared with others, public areas, for their personal activities. Tension builds when those with a home are confronted with private actions carried out in the public domain. House-owners perceive this as an excessive use of shared territory caving into the space to which they are entitled.
For Carry On we interviewed houseless individuals in Boulder and New York. We asked questions such as: “name five objects that make home,” “what do you carry with you at all times?” and “do you consider yourself homeless?” The catalogue of significant experiences, objects and places defines the ingredients that make up each person's conceptualization of home. These are presented in the exhibit as photos on cardboard, photos on cloth, recordings, and a ten-minute video.
- Traveler, The Dalton Gallery, Agnes Scott College, Decatur, Georgia
- Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space, New York, New York
- Sense of place, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art
- Art Basel Miami Beach, Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, Miami, Florida
- Persistent Objects, Studio Soto, Boston, MA
- Homeless & Prostitutes, Galería Galou, Williamsburg, New York
- Hatton Galleries, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado
- Carry On, Boulder Public Library, Boulder, Colorado
- Carry On, preview, Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center, Boulder, Colorado
‘Carry On’: Exhibit, Installation examines relationship between the houseless and their stuff. J. Gluckstern. The Daily Camera. December 13, pp. 18-19
Exhibit focuses on homeless. Joe Southern. The Daily Times-Call. December
House Warming. Julie Dunn. Westword, December 12-18, 2002.
Home is Where the Art Is. Michael de Yoanna. Colorado Daily on-line. December 16, 2001.
‘Carry On’ art show examines lives of homeless. J. Gluckstern. The Daily Camera. December 16, 2001.
Artists Look at Homelessness. Jessika Fruchter. Colorado Daily. October 9, 2001, pp. 4-5
Cramped spaces. Kristie Betts. Boulder Weekly. May 3-9, 2001.
Simplicity of Noger’s work speaks in BMoCa exhibit. The Daily Camera. May 20, 2001.
Ramble On: Four galleries meet at the crossroads for Gas, Food & Lodging. Felicia Feaster. Creative Loafing. October 2, 2005.
- Boulder County Art Alliance, Addison Grant
- Arts Alive, Fort Collins, Colorado
- Hatton Galleries, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, funds to complete Carry On
- Boulder Arts Commission, Major-Grant
- Boulder Arts Commission, Mini-Grant
- Arts and Humanities Assembly of Boulder Addison-Mini Grant, Boulder, Colorado