Jim Leach (A '15)

Doing the Wrong Thing


Two performers, referred to here as Author and Assistant, approach a platform. Sitting on the platform are various tools, a roll of sandpaper, wood round stock and a 27” replica Venus of Arles. 

The Author, using gestures, instructs the Assistant to begin his task: to tape down a circular track of sandpaper on the platform’s surface. The Author then begins constructing a “tool” that will roughly re- semble a barrow or plow consisting of the Venus figure with two long handles. 

When completed, the Author passes the built object to the Assistant and instructs the Assistant to begin pushing the “tool” around the track. Through this action, the sandpaper wears away at the Venus figure. 

The Assistant repeats, “What am I doing? Why am I doing this? Why would I do this?” 

The Author determines when the “work” is finished and gestures for the Assistant to stop. The Assistant stands still for a moment before throwing the handles to the ground. 

Jim Leach received a BFA from Kent State University in 2011, and an MFA from the Rinehart School of Sculpture at the Maryland Institute College of Art where he was the recipient of the 2012-14 Rinehart Fellowship. He recently attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and is a current Hamiltonian Fellow, Washington DC. His work has been exhibited in various solo and group exhibitions, including shows at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore; The Gowanus Loft, New York; and Vox Populi, Philadelphia. Leach has been reviewed in several periodicals including Art F City and Baltimore’s BmoreArt