I Endorse Patriarchy, 2016

74-3/4 x 126-1/4 inches (carpet)
3 minutes, 50 seconds (sound loop)
Sound and inlaid carpet

"I Endorse Patriarchy" is from the solo show "Grown Up Art." At the gallery's entrance is a carpet inlaid with a pattern of an uncoiled, digitally rendered shell. On either side, a speaker stands sentry. A Sino-British accented female voice recites:

I.
Patriarchy is what contemporary art needs to counter pervasive indeterminacy.
Because subjects-already-formed, if contingently and fantastically, are more politically expedient than subjects-in-formation.
Because a (falsely) centered subject might affect better than a (true) split, or self-divided, subject.
Because authorial intention demands understanding from the viewer, and understanding is more active than acceptance.

II.
Patriarchy is what contemporary art needs to counter pervasive indeterminacy.
Because taking a single position can be as important as being open to other positions.
Because striving for belief, and strident belief, beats constant doubt.
Because there might be an ethic to the centered subject.

III.
Patriarchy is what contemporary art needs to counter pervasive indeterminacy.
Because providing stability and semantic security for a child is healthier for that child than self-questioning and undermining authority.
Because taking responsibility for one is harder than altering the sensible for all.
Because being a positive mentor trumps negative critique.

IV.
Patriarchy is what contemporary art needs to counter pervasive indeterminacy.
Because leaving a legacy is more generous and generative than maintaining community.
Because instrumentalizing art toward good is more productive than using art to self-actualize.
Because power may be good.
Because locating oneself at the tail end is as arrogant as presuming none will follow.
Because the opposite of the school of resentment is not the school of respect, but rather the building of new schools.
I Endorse Patriarchy, 2016
I Endorse Patriarchy, 2016
I Endorse Patriarchy, 2016