OTHER / Avenue of the Arts
(Featured in Kansas City's 2007 Avenue of the Arts)
The figures in Hide and Seek utilize one of these protective strategies, camouflage. In art one of the main concerns is “appearance:” camouflage is about “disappearance!” I find this contradiction extremely interesting on many levels. These figures along Central Avenue test one’s perception. Is each individual appearing or disappearing? At first glance we might go on the defensive. Within the first couple of seconds we might think they are real, and then quickly perceive they are flat. We wonder what these individuals are doing, and we are not quite sure. We make up stories and wonder about their situation, but we do not know what their circumstances are beyond a shadow of a doubt. Is that person a victim, a stalker, a crook, a cop, or is he or she just playing a game of hide and seek?