Nicolas Sassoon January 19, 2015 at 7:50 pm

Hi there. I should have probably communicated better about this second chapter, as the work is definitely not meant to be a celebration of pot. One of my goals with this online residency is to project different scenarios in my studio. This second scenario is not an idealized representation or a realistic representation of my studio, its an imaginary projection where I use the studio space as an illegal growing operation. In BC, there is a lot of growing operations happening – legally or illegally – and it crossed my mind before that it could be one risky option to sustain my living. The work acts as a release of this thought, as I never really considered getting into this business, for the reasons you can imagine. It took me quite some time to make this piece as I had to inform myself on whats needed to grow pot to represent it “realistically”. In a way, this piece allowed me to project myself into this scenario in depth, without comitting to it physically and putting myself at risk. As an artist you almost always have to work on the side to sustain yourself, and the second and third chapter of this project are opportunities for me to project some of these “side-jobs” and represent them, without committing to them. I was interested in this projective dimension when I made this work, but I realize the piece is not very clear about its message. Maybe there is something slightly romantic on the surface about the idea of an artist growing pot to sustain himself. But I have met growers here and there is nothing romantic about their lifestyle in my opinion. I also can’t smoke, it gives me paranoia and heart palpitations. But I realize all these details don’t translate in the work, maybe the piece should have come with a back story explaining all this more in depth.

Paddy Johnson January 20, 2015 at 1:04 am

Thanks for all this background. I think generally the meaning of GIFs can be easy for the viewer to construct, since most aren’t published with the extra information an artist may want to include. I’ll update the post tomorrow with some of your clarifications.

Dappledoze January 21, 2015 at 9:46 am

What’s Nicolas Sassoon up to? Getting high, and having it both ways!

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