Various Records

Various Records draws on a variety of approaches including video, painting, and sculpture to challenge viewers’ perceptions of the recent and distant past in relation to war, trauma, and suffering.

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The impetus for this project is a film my grandfather began as a psychiatrist in WWII. Sometime after landing on the shore of Normandy in the fall of 1944, he traded a P38 pistol for a 16mm camera and subsequently documented the immediate aftermath of the war, his furloughs in Paris and Switzerland, and the post-war period after he returned home. Over the course of twenty-four minutes the aggressively fragmented film oscillates between the devastation of war and the pleasures encountered in nature, culture, and everyday life.

In 2011, I retraced my grandfather’s path through Europe using the film as a guide. The work I have been making in response seeks to make this physical and psychological journey tangible by depicting juxtapositions of war, trauma, suffering and everyday life alongside various records: my grandfather’s record of his experience by way of the film, the record of my own journey using the film as my guide, and the dominant narrative of WWII constructed and mediated by institutions, books, and other media.

Document of a Travelogue by Lt. Col. Marvin R. Plesset, Division Neuropsychiatrist
2013
Video
24 minutes

Travelogue (21st Century Room)
Interior detail
2013-2017
Interior: Oil on panel. Exterior: Studs, bolts and screws.
80 x 92 x 80 inches
Travelogue (21st Century Room)
Interior detail
2013-2017
Interior: Oil on panel. Exterior: Studs, bolts and screws.
80 x 92 x 80 inches
Travelogue (21st Century Room)
Interior detail
2013-2017
Interior: Oil on panel. Exterior: Studs, bolts and screws.
80 x 92 x 80 inches
Travelogue (21st Century Room)
Interior detail
2013-2017
Interior: Oil on panel. Exterior: Studs, bolts and screws.
80 x 92 x 80 inches
Travelogue (21st Century Room)
Interior detail
2013-2017
Interior: Oil on panel. Exterior: Studs, bolts and screws.
80 x 92 x 80 inches
Travelogue (21st Century Room)
2013-2017
Interior: Oil on panel. Exterior: Studs, bolts and screws.
80 x 92 x 80 inches
Travelogue (21st Century Room)
2013-2017
Interior: Oil on panel. Exterior: Studs, bolts and screws.
80 x 92 x 80 inches
Primary Source 1
Detail
2015
Gouache on folded watercolor paper
4 x 1 x 4 inches
Primary Source 2
Detail
2016
Oil on shaped maple
7 x 3.5 x 7 inches
Primary Source 3
Detail
2016
Oil on shaped plywood
5 x .125 x 7.5 inches
Primary Source 4
2016
Oil on shaped maple
4 x .5 x 7 inches
The Pretense of Beauty: Mulberry Harbour, Arromanches (Golden Arrow)
2015
Oil on Dibond
9.5 x 14 inches

Document of a Travelogue by Lt. Col. Marvin R. Plesset, Division Neuropsychiatrist
2013
Video
24 minutes

Travelogue (21st Century Room)
Interior detail
2013-2017
Interior: Oil on panel. Exterior: Studs, bolts and screws.
80 x 92 x 80 inches
Travelogue (21st Century Room)
Interior detail
2013-2017
Interior: Oil on panel. Exterior: Studs, bolts and screws.
80 x 92 x 80 inches

Various Records

Various Records draws on a variety of approaches including video, painting, and sculpture to challenge viewers’ perceptions of the recent and distant past in relation to war, trauma, and suffering.

Read More

The impetus for this project is a film my grandfather began as a psychiatrist in WWII. Sometime after landing on the shore of Normandy in the fall of 1944, he traded a P38 pistol for a 16mm camera and subsequently documented the immediate aftermath of the war, his furloughs in Paris and Switzerland, and the post-war period after he returned home. Over the course of twenty-four minutes the aggressively fragmented film oscillates between the devastation of war and the pleasures encountered in nature, culture, and everyday life.

In 2011, I retraced my grandfather’s path through Europe using the film as a guide. The work I have been making in response seeks to make this physical and psychological journey tangible by depicting juxtapositions of war, trauma, suffering and everyday life alongside various records: my grandfather’s record of his experience by way of the film, the record of my own journey using the film as my guide, and the dominant narrative of WWII constructed and mediated by institutions, books, and other media.

Travelogue (21st Century Room)
Interior detail
2013-2017
Interior: Oil on panel. Exterior: Studs, bolts and screws.
80 x 92 x 80 inches
Travelogue (21st Century Room)
Interior detail
2013-2017
Interior: Oil on panel. Exterior: Studs, bolts and screws.
80 x 92 x 80 inches
Travelogue (21st Century Room)
Interior detail
2013-2017
Interior: Oil on panel. Exterior: Studs, bolts and screws.
80 x 92 x 80 inches
Travelogue (21st Century Room)
2013-2017
Interior: Oil on panel. Exterior: Studs, bolts and screws.
80 x 92 x 80 inches
Travelogue (21st Century Room)
2013-2017
Interior: Oil on panel. Exterior: Studs, bolts and screws.
80 x 92 x 80 inches
Primary Source 1
Detail
2015
Gouache on folded watercolor paper
4 x 1 x 4 inches
Primary Source 2
Detail
2016
Oil on shaped maple
7 x 3.5 x 7 inches
Primary Source 3
Detail
2016
Oil on shaped plywood
5 x .125 x 7.5 inches
Primary Source 4
2016
Oil on shaped maple
4 x .5 x 7 inches
The Pretense of Beauty: Mulberry Harbour, Arromanches (Golden Arrow)
2015
Oil on Dibond
9.5 x 14 inches