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STAGE/CAGE, 2019 - 2020
MIXED MEDIA INSTALLATION, 
3:47 MINS LOOP, DIMENSION VARIABLE
STAGE/CAGE IS A PROJECT EXPLORING THE CONCEPT OF THE STAGE. IN ITS PHYSICAL ELEVATION OF HEIGHT AND THE LABOR IN ITS ASSEMBLY, THERE IS A METAPHOR FOR FAME - ITS VANTAGE POINT AND THE PAINSTAKING CLIMB.
 
A PERFORMER, CRAVING THE CAMERA BUILDS THESE BRICK-LIKE APPLE BOXES - A PROP COMMONLY USED IN PHOTOSHOOT AND MOVIE SET TO ELEVATE THE SUBJECT TO THE HEIGHT OF THE LENS. WITH DILIGENCE, THE PERFORMER HANDMADE AND POLISHED EACH WOODEN BOX, UNTIL A 4 X 8 X 3 FORMATION WAS ACHIEVED. THE 32 INCHES TALL PLATFORM THEN SERVES AS THE STAGE FOR THE PERFORMER TO DANCE ON. THE PEDESTAL-QUALITY OF THE STAGE FUNCTION AS AN IDEAL SETTING FOR THE AUDIENCE TO IDOLIZE AND PROJECT THEIR FANTASIZE, REDUCING THE PERFORMING BODY TO A MERE ICON.
 
WHEN THE GLAMOUR FADES, THE PERFORMER’S APPARITION LINGERS ON, TRAPPED FOREVER INSIDE THE HANDMADE STAGE, REPEATING THE SAME ROUTINE, OVER AND OVER. AND THE APPLE BOX, REPRESENTING A FETISH OBJECT, IS SINGLED OUT, PAINTED A MYSTERIOUS BLACK, POSITIONED AT EYE-LEVEL IN THE SPECTACULAR STAGE/CAGE. THE RUMBLING RASPY SOUND OF THE ACTUAL PERFORMANCE IS SUBSTITUTED WITH A PLEASANT POP-ROCK SOUNDTRACK; APERTURES TURNED INTO VIEWFINDERS AND, PERHAPS, JAIL CELLS. AS GUY DEBORD ILLUSTRATED, THE SOCIETY OF SPECTACLE COULD ALWAYS FIND ITS WAY TO REGENERATE AND EDIT ITSELF, FOR THE BETTER COMFORT OF SPECTATORSHIP. 

THE SPECTACULAR STAGE/CAGE, 2019

PLYWOOD, ACRYLIC, ELECTRONICS, SOUND

20 x 12 x 8 IN

3:47 MINS LOOP

 

EDITION OF 10

STAGE/CAGE II, 2020

PLYWOOD, VARNISH, ELECTRONICS, SOUND, ACRYLIC

32 x 96 x 60 IN

3:47 MINS LOOP

INSTALL AT SVA SPRING 2020 OPEN STUDIO SHOW

STAGE/CAGE I, 2019

PLYWOOD, ELECTRONICS, LATEX PAINT, BODY MAKEUP, ACRYLIC

80 x 36 x 32 IN

3:47 MINS LOOP

INSTALL AT SVA FLATIRON GALLERY