Trey Rozell


There’s a notion that everything that can be thought at all can be thought clearly; that language, given the right amount of pliability and attention, can express even that which might elude us in principle. There is absurdity in the pursuit of meaning that is best evoked through intentional paradox-which I frame within my studio practice as both an expressive strategy and a form of play. Games, like art, are a series of repetitions and alterations which depend upon a conceptual frame (or rules). Rules reveal to both player and audience the terms of engagement. Without rules, play would be impossible to interpret as anything meaningful. However, when framed successfully the activity speaks for itself. I have found through the utilization of repetition and alteration, objects and signs transform as they traverse their physical and conceptual boundaries. Anything we consider to be meaningful and reflective of its meaning, is the result of varying forces and functions. The combination of which might just as well be described as combustible as it would be cohesive- similar to the experience of saying a word so many times it loses its meaning.