Untitled, 12/7/18 - 1/6/19
“Without A Title”
“I’d like to think of the word “Untitled” as an empowering description of nakedness. Having focused much of my early life thus far to how I identify myself, “Untitled” continues my research on self-definition realized through different means of transportation. The vehicles being the different mediums I use to make physical these “abstract” ways of seeing — Being.”
Brendon Hawkins is a Multi-disciplinary visual, performance, and sound artist. Brendon’s work looks at past narratives and asks “how does this apply to the life being lived today”. He also uses many found objects to converse about accessibility. A daily practice for Brendon includes waking in the morning, practicing vogue, and taking a walk around the Garfield/Bloomfield neighborhood of Pittsburgh, PA. On these walks, Brendon picks up street “trash” and recreates the forgotten pieces into present thoughts.
“I believe the concept of self-identity is as much an act of rebellion, as it is assimilation. By my philosophy, for one to fully live as the person they wish to be, they’d have to “break apart” past ideas to understand how they may or may not be communicating with the present day languages; a rebel. While also, I believe self-identity is a performance, a constant construction of the person that is “I” “me” “myself”. Which I link to destiny, to decree beforehand. Every moment that leads up to the creation of “I”, had a series of events that lead up to IT. Because of these chained events, the “self” is much apart of the larger community. The destined role of the “self” in the community… assimilation.
So as I am becoming “I”, I’m using this solo show to start many public conversations, and I say public because I’ve had them with myself since childhood.”