The Watchman

 

The Watchman. The Need to Report was Overwhelming and Frivolous, 2019.

If you would like The Watchman to visit your building/school/gallery/museum/event you can fill out this form.

Watchman’s Roof of Notes

The Watchman likes to live in his home and watch. He is very suspicious about the world around him. When he was a child, he witnessed two incidents. One was a car crash outside his window, the other he stumbled upon a dead body while walking on the sidewalk. In both incidents, he had to talk to an adult, who wrote down reports. The Watchman was so inspired by such an act, that he was compelled to start reporting everything he saw. He created a mental home around himself. These memories are hidden away in his shoulders. Every day he writes down what he sees, thinking that it will be important to someone else in the future. However as the viewer looks upon his roof, they notice that his notes are random fragments of events that would not really be helpful to anyone besides himself. The Watchman is stuck in this loop as a statue, but the viewer does not have to be.

The Watchman’s was at the South Shore Art’s 77th Annual Salon Show! November 21, 2020–January 24, 2021. If you would like the Watchman to watch your building, museum, library, etc., you can send an email to inquire a length of time.

The Watchman was stationed in Deerfield’s Village Hall from September 2019-2020. There he left sticky notes for viewers to write down their thoughts and observations.

  • From the Openhouse in Deerfield, IL 9/19/2019
  • From the Openhouse in Deerfield, IL 9/19/2019
  • From the Openhouse in Deerfield, IL 9/19/2019
  • From the Openhouse in Deerfield, IL 9/19/2019
  • From the Openhouse in Deerfield, IL 9/19/2019
  • From the Openhouse in Deerfield, IL 9/19/2019
  • From the Openhouse in Deerfield, IL 9/19/2019
  • From the Openhouse in Deerfield, IL 9/19/2019
  • From the Openhouse in Deerfield, IL 9/19/2019
  • From the Openhouse in Deerfield, IL 9/19/2019
  • From the Openhouse in Deerfield, IL 9/19/2019
  • From the Openhouse in Deerfield, IL 9/19/2019
  • From the Openhouse in Deerfield, IL 9/19/2019
  • From the Openhouse in Deerfield, IL 9/19/2019
  • From the Openhouse in Deerfield, IL 9/19/2019
  • From the Openhouse in Deerfield, IL 9/19/2019
  • From the Openhouse in Deerfield, IL 9/19/2019
  • Responses from 9/19/2019

The Watchman was on view at Deerfield, IL Village Hall. At the site, you can write something you have noticed.  

On September 19, 2019, the Art Commission of Deerfield held an open house at Deerfield Public Library to have all the selected works and artists give a talk and mingle with the public. During the event, I asked the attendees to write something that they noticed. Over the year, I left the post-it notes with a pen for people to write in their notices.

Watchman at Deerfield's Village Hall 2019-2020
Watchman in Deerfield, IL Village Hall Sept 2019-2020
The Watchman’s image was used for promotion for a Special Summer Workshop at South Shore Arts 2021.
Watchman at South Shore Art’s
77th Annual Salon Show November 2020-January 2021! Munster, IN.

Here are some of the responses from the Deerfield opening.

https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/deerfield/ct-dfr-deerfield-public-art-tl-0926-20190923-gzi7rwcpvzgmfel2ttlizzrcli-story.html?fbclid=IwAR0bFAZXUUBKROcGEhLFGBnGhNck5q-fguJBNinwXKMQO-Kq3INimdEaZmg

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