Mediated Sculpture, by James Cook


Conundrum Stump(ed)

Alder trunk, alder wedges, color DV monitor, DVD player

49′ × 32′ × 27′

At an arts residency in Bulgaria, I brought with me a video camera and a couple of small LCD monitors with the idea of combining locally recorded images and found materials. I encountered a stout tree trunk and decided to compromise its strength by cutting deep notches into it, and then to rehabilitate it with a variety of wooden wedges.

This image alludes to the human condition wherein wounds and their remediations are repeated many times during a lifetime. Within the core of this wedged trunk image is the video depiction of an isolated individual in a small craft, not gaining ground and absolutely alone.

Main view of the sculpture
Detail view of the sculpture
Detail view of the sculpture