The project as a whole humorously asserts that the socially and culturally detached nature of formalist mid-century Modern painting is similar to the hermetic bodily experience of sensory deprivation. The first act evaluates the potentials of a blindfold, respirator, and ear muffs as formalist tools. These tools are then fabricated out of the remains of a Mark Rothko painting in the second act. When these fabricated tools are worn, it is contended that the wearer has aesthetically and experientially become an anthropomorphic mid-century Modern painting.
The project was exhibited at Trinity Square Video.
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Act 1 follows an interaction between the characters, Human Subject and Canon Vixia. Canon Vixia simulates Human Subject’s sensory experience as he puts on a blindfold, respirator, and ear muffs, and in the process, discovers a beautiful black monochrome painting.
Excerpt from Act 1
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Act 2 begins after the first act. Human Subject parts with Canon Vixia and wanders through an industrial white space. Eventually, Human Subject comes into contact with a mid-century Modern painting by Mark Rothko. The painting is ceremoniously flayed and dragged until it is ready to be used for the fabrication of sensory depriving tools. The remains of the painting are used to fabricate a blindfold, respirator, and ear muff inserts. The fabricated tools are then worn by Human Subject. This act contends that Human Subject has aesthetically and experientially become an anthropomorphic mid-century Modern painting. The transformation ends the second act.