Self-Portrait with Cropped Hair
oil on canvas
digital c-type print on canvas, hair, silk threads, cotton threads
95 1/4” x 5” x 69 3/4”
Prototype for New Understanding (#7, #21, #8)
Nike athletic footwear and human hair, variable
Marina Abramović and Ulay
Relation in Time
still from performance
Department of Biological Flow
Mecha Butterfly Soundsystem
2011 (shown in process)
mixed media and performance
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walking to school i saw a monarch butterfly appear out of nowhere. awkward flight — surfacevolumesurfacevolume — it began to venture out over a major four-lane artery. halfway over the turbulence was too much and it flew crazily all over the place before pulling a 180, executing a neat glide back to my side of the road, and landing on flower, orange on purple. nice ride, dude.
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most insects have tiny hairs on their antennae that help serve to empirically understand their external environments. to the eye, these appear as a sort of fuzziness.
although each of these hairs has a specific coordinate in space and time relative to one another, each detecting perturbations in a particular type of stimulus, they function as a sensory whole. the skin itself has multiplied, increased its surface area by orders of magnitude. and yet each hair retains a singularity within this plurality. what one comes to know, empirically, another has already forgotten.
call this fuzziness a strategy: an attempt towards weak localization (political) or suggestive site-specificity (aesthetic). if i told you this status update comes from fanshawe park road, london and/or surfside, florida, would this be considered an example of the latter?
how do we make the tiny hairs on the back of our necks bristle?
if you had a small enough camera, these tiny insect hairs might appear to the lens as a moiré pattern … … …
performance and two-channel video
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“Two camera shoot, one closeup on hair being vigorously scratched by hands, other aimed at crotch and legs which is receiving the fallen dandruff. The whole lower body shakes in unison with the scratching hands. A lapel mic is attached to one of the hands and feeds the sounds to the second camera. The mic wire dances in front of the snow and the shaking pelvis.”