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Lucas Rivera. Elijah Jensen Lindsey’s Artfort installation, “Shrinking Our Surrounding” at LED in Boise, Idaho on September 26, 2021.

Shrinking Our Surroundings by Elijah Lindsey Jensen.

Let me explain why I titled it in such a way.

The conceptual thrust of this piece arrived many years ago, when I jotted down an idea of a room, a permanent installation, that I would apply a coat of paint to, once a week for the rest of my life.
Taking into consideration that each time we apply a coat of paint to a room we are, in essence, making it smaller, if only infinitesimally.

A lifetime of paint layers could quite possibly shrink the size of a room by a 1/4” or so. Or maybe 2”? I’m not sure, which is why the idea struck me, and has stayed with me.

Reversing this concept, and applying to exterior walls, with the intent to blast as much paint as we can onto the surface, raises a different, but similar question.

By making the room bigger with layers of paint, are we also making our shared environment smaller?

During this time of social distancing and emotional disconnect, I find myself pondering ways we can all feel closer, more intimate.

I’m trying my best here to explain that layer by layer, this painting is an effort to bring people closer together, to shrink our surroundings.

Thank you William Lewis for signing on as an accomplice and lending a large hand, Otis Rook for aiding and abetting, Bertie for the Japanese lettering stamp, Jay Rasgorshek for the sea foam and dragon’s head, Meshel Ledet for removing the magic letter, Will Bowers for the late night paint and talk, Juliana McLenna for swinging in with the whole fam for hugs and a nice talk, and to all those who’ve stopped by and shown interest.

Thank you LED for your trust, and believing in me. I love collaborating with you.
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Lucas Rivera. Elijah Jensen Lindsey’s Artfort installation, “Shrinking Our Surrounding” at LED in Boise, Idaho on September 26, 2021.<br />
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Shrinking Our Surroundings by Elijah Lindsey Jensen. <br />
<br />
Let me explain why I titled it in such a way.<br />
<br />
The conceptual thrust of this piece arrived many years ago, when I jotted down an idea of a room, a permanent installation, that I would apply a coat of paint to, once a week for the rest of my life.<br />
Taking into consideration that each time we apply a coat of paint to a room we are, in essence, making it smaller, if only infinitesimally.<br />
<br />
A lifetime of paint layers could quite possibly shrink the size of a room by a 1/4” or so. Or maybe 2”? I’m not sure, which is why the idea struck me, and has stayed with me.<br />
<br />
Reversing this concept, and applying to exterior walls, with the intent to blast as much paint as we can onto the surface, raises a different, but similar question. <br />
<br />
By making the room bigger with layers of paint, are we also making our shared environment smaller?<br />
<br />
During this time of social distancing and emotional disconnect, I find myself pondering ways we can all feel closer, more intimate.<br />
<br />
I’m trying my best here to explain that layer by layer, this painting is an effort to bring people closer together, to shrink our surroundings. <br />
<br />
Thank you William Lewis for signing on as an accomplice and lending a large hand, Otis Rook for aiding and abetting, Bertie for the Japanese lettering stamp, Jay Rasgorshek for the sea foam and dragon’s head, Meshel Ledet for removing the magic letter, Will Bowers for the late night paint and talk, Juliana McLenna for swinging in with the whole fam for hugs and a nice talk, and to all those who’ve stopped by and shown interest.<br />
<br />
Thank you LED for your trust, and believing in me. I love collaborating with you.