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Exhibition of Memorial Concepts

Artist(s): Chuck Chaney, United States

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Proposal Title: One was Too Many, 03/24/2009, Other

Proposal Synopsis: ‘One was Too Many’ ¬– a durational and interactive piece, in which I sit folding tissues both by myself and with others. I welcome the public to join me in conversation about the piece and too help me. The act is a representation of the flag folding ceremony. Each piece then becomes a relic and can be placed together to form a site specific sculpture. The flag folding ceremony took on a significant meaning in my life was with the passing of my father. I was given a rumpled and misshapen flag, by the funeral director with apologizes, informing me that their flag folder was out. Needless to say this disturbed me and I was overcome with the emotion of restoring honor to his flag I began folding tissues, to me a universal fabric of morning, as a way to honor those who have paid the ultimate price. I have chosen to fold these tissues with the same honor the American flag receives, by doing this it is my hope bring the cost of the current occupation home with an intimate and visual physical representation of the magnitude of so many lives sacrificed.

Artist's Biography: Chuck Chaney is the director of a summer artist residency in Alaska, The Homestead AK, he is also currently teaches at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He received his Master of Fine Arts in 2008 from SMFA/Tufts. Before graduate school Chaney worked in the photographic industry, from owning a commercial studio and managing professional retail entities. The artist’s current multidisciplinary practice spans photography, performance, and installation. Recent exhibitions have included venues such as Seven Stars Center (VT); VQS (Puerto Rico); Palac Mastactva (Belarus); Firehouse 13 (RI); Studio Soto, Gallery 1581, and Space Other (MA).

Artist's Website: http://www.chuckchaney.com

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