Aaron Hegert, Transition/Template for Transition, (2012)
-From the Artist Statement
Transition/Template for Transition, an ongoing project, is an attempt to actively explore the flux and shift of particular spaces from their intended uses, to the secondary, more devious, forms of use that are hidden in their utilization. I want to access a certain mode of “making” that is more akin to consumption than it is to production. To begin, I took an explicit example of clandestine spatial consumption, a concrete ramp (transition) illegally built by local skateboarders in a derelict business park, and the wooden template for that transition, found on site, as subject matter for my photographs. These objects, and the perception that preceded their becoming, act as a blunt edged metaphor for a more general inquiry into the practice of catalyzing a space that is characteristically vulnerable: a space that is vulnerable to multiple associations; to manipulation by users who are not its maker; to a push from what it is, to what you want it to be.
During the progression of the project, I have looked at these subjects both in and out of context, both as documents of, and models for, a critical spatial practice. And though I have integrated some environmental details and some experiments influenced by these observations, I have returned to the original transition and template repeatedly because of the simplicity of their formal and material qualities, and the complexity of the spatial and perceptual shifts they mobilize.