Idle Dilemma Sketch 2013

Idle Dilemma
A series of larger-than life human figures made of cement and rebar, anthropomorphize the massive pillars of the elevated rail project currently under construction in western Honolulu. These are struggling “Atlas” caryatids, holding up their invisible burden but on the precipice of collapse. The figures align in a path that spans across the gallery, mirroring the effect of the rail in dividing the east side of Honolulu from the west, and also the mountains from the ocean.  As the rail debate escalates, the project’s ulterior motives become clear: to remove Aloun Farm, a major produce supplier, in order to develop Ho’opili as a residential suburb consisting of 12,000 new homes.  The Honolulu elevated rail project is the most recent in a long history of social works projects in the U.S. based on the discourse of progress initiated in the 1930’s. Idle Dilemma questions how long we can favor the economic model of development over the needs of the population majority.     More

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"Mass" 2012, Abi Good

Mass  2012, 4000 unique -mold plaster cast fingers Dimensions: 46” x 5’ x 5’

In a world of ever growing population, how do we perceive the individual as opposed to the group? This is the question I have explored with Mass, a 5′ x 5′ plane of 4,000 uniquely cast plaster fingers. Every day for three months I dipped my fingers into a low temperature wax which was later used to produce the positive of my form. The fragmented finger became a marker of time where each finger suggests a moment and my existence within it. Each finger is different from all of the others within this a priori system. Placed together in a defined space, they initially appear as a unit, defined by their similarities in color and size. A closer look exposes the unique identities captured by each one. The fingers become figures themselves and the viewer is free to invent relationships between them. In a world that struggles with a booming human population, we are faced with this challenge: recognizing the unique characteristics of our peers while at the same time understanding groups of people as a whole.

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Dirt Ladies II, 2012   Soil from Wilhelmina rise, slip, ash, carbon, wood shavings, burlap
Dimensions of single figure: 38” x 2’ x 2’ Overall dimensions vary by installation site                                                            

Dirt Ladies II is the second installation in a series of cast soil figures. I am interested in the destiny and economic implications of the land in our neighborhoods . Dirt Ladies II contains soil from Wilhemina Rise, an upper middle class suburb of Honolulu. Dump trucks were removing soil from a retaining wall in the neighborhood to make room for  a parking garage. Removed soil was taken to a landfill at the expense of the property owner which was determined by weight. Soil from the same area is purchased, refined and used for the University baseball field.    abigood  abigood  abigood  abigood  abigood   

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