ARTIST - TWELVE PERSONAS - THIRTY FIVE YEARS
Change project was started in 1970 to explore a theory
I conceived about the way art history would evolve in the future.
I developed this theory as a means of freeing myself from a system
that I found frustrating as a young artist at the beginning of my
career: that my work should develop as a linear chain-link model with
each creation leading logically to the next. Instead, I preferred
to envision my work as a three-dimensional sphere getting larger over
time. To demonstrate this theory I had my name changed legally twelve
times in the District of Columbia court system. For each name I created
works of art and exhibited them at the Baltimore Museum of Art in
1972. For the past thirty-five years I have continued to create works
for the twelve names. This catalogue is about that work.
I created all of these works under one name, I believe they would
have been received very differently, with critical analysis of the
development of the artist figuring prominently in the consideration
of each piece. The different identities under which I made this art
may allow for a broader approach to receiving these images, without
tying them to past history or future expectations.