Archive > Excavation (Stage One)

Gypsum Drywall
Meyerson Gallery, Philadelphia PA

A 5.5 x 5.5 ft area of a gallery wall (the height of the artist squared) is systematically excavated using a typical utility knife over a week’s time. The methodology of carving is based on the typical grid structure of an archaeological dig. The grid is precisely measured and cut in the beginning stages of the wall’s excavation, but as the carving process continues, both the human hand and the material itself increasingly impacts how the ‘site’ is excavated, with parts of the wall to eroding more quickly and deeper groves developing, revealing deeper layers of the wall and its history.