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Parisian Juggler

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Name: Tamera Jaeger
Statement: I believe that creating something beautiful that did not exist before is the most valid thing that I can do. My assemblages represent my search for new ways to do this. The Parisian Juggler is part of that search. I became interested in doing jugglers, in part, because I think they serve as a metaphor for a common human problem, trying to manage several challenges simultaneously. I am also interested in exploring the visual possibilities of jugglers: motion, rhythm, color, texture, pattern, shape, gesture. I try to combine these elements in a way that conveys meaning. I am more interested in a hint at something than in precise representation. I am trying to make suggestions to the viewer. I want the Parisian Juggler to be recognizable and to make sense on an emotional level. I want him to be beautiful, singular, dignified and strong, but at the same time a bit humorous. The Parisian Juggler was assembled from pieces of wood. Some pieces were found and used as they were found, without application of additional paint, for example, his pants. Some pieces I painted myself: the balls, shirt, arms and socks. The pieces of wood are connected to form the finished work using brackets, screws, glue and nails. I enter the process of assembling the pieces of wood with an open mind and a general idea of what I want to do but without any specific notion of what the end result will be. I begin by laying the wood out on the floor. I use the shapes I find or I cut the wood to form the shapes I choose. I then arrange and rearrange the forms until something begins to emerge. As it emerges I pay attention and make further changes, adjustments, additions and subtractions. I am always on the lookout for propitious accidents. When something unexpected happens that I like, and that works, I will incorporate it even if it means a major change of direction. As a result there is an unpredictability that makes this process exciting and delightful. There is play and fun in this manipulation of materials and exploitation of the unforeseen. There is also constant conscious decision making and risk taking, and with it frequent failure, which is not so much fun, but without the willingness to take risk and to fail there can be no ultimate success. It is a bit mysterious. Paris has lots of street performers: musicians, mimes, dancers and jugglers. I can imagine the Parisian Juggler on a street corner with a crowd gathered round.

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The Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority today owns the largest contemporary collection of local art in central Ohio. All of the pieces are on display in the Greater Columbus Convention Center, the Hilton Columbus Downtown and the three Convention Center parking garages. The collection is the result of a communitywide... Read more

The Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority today owns the largest contemporary collection of local art in central Ohio. All of the pieces are on display in the Greater Columbus Convention Center, the Hilton Columbus Downtown and the three Convention Center parking garages. The collection is the result of a communitywide call for art, overseen by a committee of community members and implemented by collection curators James and Michael Reese of Reese Brothers Productions. The artists represent the diversity of the Columbus community, cutting across age, gender and race.

Dates

Installed: 2016

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South Building - near Union A

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400 N. High St.
Columbus, Ohio 43215
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Found and painted wood assemblage

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