180625 My Version
I’ve considered naming my pieces with more than just a date code since I first started making them over 25 years ago. And I’ve always chosen to keep it simple and allow the viewer to interpret each piece without imposing the context of a title—until now.
I started giving titles to new work in late 2018, and later decided to retroactively title all the 2018 work since I hadn’t yet posted any of them. Now, for the first time since I’ve been making art, I can actually refer to each piece by name and remember them! That’s clearly a positive thing since I was never able to remember the names when they were just dates. But, titles “color” artwork by adding words to an otherwise purely visual object. And that’s something I’m not too keen on—at least for my own work. I’d really rather have the viewer take each piece at its visual face value alone. On the other hand, the titles can add a positive dimension to the work as long as the viewer doesn’t take them too literally.
I title the pieces after they are created, so the piece is not made to embody the concept of the title, rather the title is a reference to some (possibly insignificant) aspect of the piece that is just meaningful enough to me to allow me to remember it by name. That said, I hope the titles add a little something to the work rather than take away the freedom to interpret them on their own.