“Characters” by Craig Drennen April 4 – July 18, 2014
Beginning in 2008 I have organized my studio practice around Timon of Athens, a play written by William Shakespeare between 1605 and 1608. It is considered to be Shakespeare’s most difficult and obscure work, and is the only one of his plays not performed in his lifetime. I don’t valorize failure in my work. Rather, failed projects provide me with empty cultural bandwidth within which to house my own subjectivity.
I am proceeding through the dramatis personae beginning with the minor characters. For each character I produce a distinct series of works based on contemporary associations it suggests. The final result will be a body of related works comprised of separately considered parts.
Old characters may continue while new characters are added. Any combination of characters can be exhibited together at any time. The exhibition environment becomes a “stage” wherein the characters must visually and conceptually interact.
– Craig Drennen