Garry Noland

Region: Midwest


City / State: Independence, MO

I am interested in conversations about the correct level of finish in each work and in a body of work as a whole. Levels of finish suggest either an adherence to what other people think should happen or what I think should happen. It boils down to these questions: What is better? Who’s it better to? and Who are you to decide?

I am using adhesive tape, tape on paper, and other kinds of tape. I build up layers and stacks of material. It has been a fundamental occupation of mine for as long as I can remember. I am reinventing new forms that descend from dry-stone walls and baseball card towers I built as a kid in our rural home. Finally, I think of my grandmothers’ rag rugs and quilts fashioned from scraps of old cloth. They wouldn’t have called themselves artists but they did what artists do: transforming material and experience into new identities.