involves constructing systems of meaning through the presentation of text, often
using the information presentation tools of science and business. These systems
frequently take the form of arrowed diagrams which connect words or sentences to
create networks of explanation.
appearing complete and authoritative, each work ultimately proves to be
inconclusive and idiosyncratic. This
impulse toward rationalizing the personal and social reflects a desire to make
meaning of the condition we find ourselves in.
The work juxtaposes a postmodern scepticism towards metanarrative with a
yearning for truth and belief.
optimism, the work plays off a traditional scientific hope in progress and the
future. But, the application of
scientific and corporate visual techniques to the ineffable alludes to
science’s acceptance that there is no objective reality.
The authority of this visual language, its implied message of truth,
persists despite our recognition of this failure.
The viewer’s negotiation of the diagram’s meaning parallels the
complicity of science and the public in accepting contingent truths.