Eric Owen Moss hosts a discussion with Jason Payne on his installation “Rawhide: The New Shingle Style” in the SCI-Arc gallery. The conversation covers the dualities of material and metaphor, object and text, digital and analog. The audience joins the discussion at the end.
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Moss identifies hints of architectural schizophrenia in the relationship between the object and the written explanation. Payne hopes that the object displaces the text and elaborates elements unforseen when the text was written. Debating whether the shingles are fur or hair leads to questions of style and fashion.
Jason Payne presents a series of recent projects following an introduction by Russell Thomsen. Payne focuses his work toward an interest in hair, beginning with an analysis of the role of hair in pop-culture. He divides his talk into six sections: rhetorical/discursive; geometrical/ organizational; tectonic; atmospheric; tactile/material; affective. Payne continues by tracing this interest in his own work, demonstrating how it has culminated in a variety of results as his investigations into hairy things has drawn in more precedents and referents.
Payne begins his lecture by attempting to answer a question asked by Jeff Kipnis during the Matters of Sensation exhibition,”Jason, what the hell is wrong with you?” Payne responds by discussing his obsession with hair, describing his research into Vidal Sassoon, and analyzing the hair styles of musicians such as David Bowie, Blondie and Kurt Cobain. He attempts to scrutinize low art with the methods usually reserved for high art, and tracks the cultural shifts, allegiances, bends and blends associated.
Payne presents several projects that trace his interest in hair as an organizational device and hair as a tectonic device as well as the beginnings of his attempts in using hair as atmosphere. He presents work done as a student at SCI-Arc, describing how his interest in cellular complexity translated into linear frameworks and then particle animation. He discusses his project for the Queens Museum of Art which combined linear hair as topography and stubble-like hair as structural elements. This project lead to his Blowfish investigation and his Octopus investigation, two of his attempts at hair-structure. The Man o’ War attempts to create atmosphere.
Panye follows his lecture with a question and answer session discussing the differences between, hair, fur and line. He views line as quantitative, while hair is more qualitative, and the association with hair rang true to the intent of his work.