Tom Dukich – Multi-Media
My art is the place where my interests in visual elements, soundscapes, music, video, perception, statistics, science, technology, constructions, and contemporary culture can merge together. I like to think of myself as non-disciplinary rather than multi-disciplinary so projects can be done without regard to, or be limited by, categorization such as this is painting, sculpture, music, technology, etc. Often I discover things that are new to me through the organization and manipulation of the materials, elements, technology and the symbols contained in my pieces or at least develop a better understanding of how things fit together or don’t. The common thread in my work, if there is one, is that there is a beauty or special aesthetic in the way things work, in the way both living and nonliving things operate and behave. Making and exhibiting art triggered by this notion connects me to both the natural, and just as importantly, the human built world. I hope experiencing my work makes viewers and listeners feel the same way and maybe have some fun as well.
On the other hand, perhaps my artist’s statement is simply a contrived attempt to make sense of my artistic pursuits that in reality are largely fickle. The following story may describe my activities better than some grand purpose I have created after the fact in order to produce an artist’s statement? A statement that makes more sense and is more purposeful than what I’ve actually done: changing my focus from painting to assemblage to information art to video art to sound art to music, etcetera?
The story. An Army Sergeant who while on a recruiting trip in the country noted an old barn with numerous targets drawn on the side. In each target there was a bullet hole exactly in the very center of the bull’s-eye. “Who’s the sharpshooter?” the Sergeant asked a local. “Oh, that’s crazy Tom,” came the reply. “He shoots the barn first and then paints the bull’s-eye in afterwards.”