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October Ritual

 

Bob’s Ideas/feelings and questions surrounding “Ritual”

 

Ritual: 

Connected but Apart,

Leader and Participants structure

Somber/Sacred/Reflective

Sound

Repetitive-  action or sound or something (Rhythm)

Works on the brain – gets past the conscious mind

Layers, going deeper, losing yourself in it

Somehow therapeutic or cleansing – mental floss

Can unify a group at least temporarily

 

Contemporary Ritual:

Secular, not religious

Pop/ersatz?  vs  traditional somber  e.g. watching TV together and eating popcorn

Borrowing from tradition – e.g. yoga, without going very deep

Conscious mind says it’s not real or worthwhile but we do it anyway

Traditional ritual is at odds with dominant philosophical/cultural values, though may be ripe for re-evaluation or discovery

 

 

Works to be considered, in modification/collaboration/conjunction with others’ works.

 

Wall or hung constellation of Autumn Masks – decorated or plain.  Decorated by Autumn or group or invited guests or other artists (maybe some by Bob but idea is to let the piece change as it leaves original sculptor and moves into world)

 

Large Silver “Dance” lifesize piece which could be suspended from ceiling and float/fly in space above us.

 

Large Woman’s Head with crazy hair – 7ft H on stand – painted either light and warm or possibly dark

 

Autumn in Flight  (approx. 24” high figures or possibly 36”)– constellation of cast translucent colored resin works, suspended from ceiling, but there should probably be a second (male?) piece that interweaves with it to created a ‘connected’ or ritual element – ie not just one figure repeating.   (not yet made)

 

Clasped Hand/Arms – some sort of large interlocking wall or hung-installation of (hopefully cast wax) arms/hands that explore the notion of Ritual being about either putting one’s own hands together (traditionally ‘prayer’ but now some sort of centering gesture) and/or linking hands with others and having Ritual be a way to bring separate beings into something that feels more like a larger whole.  (not yet made)

 

Other Lifesize figures that I have already made:  a) Ceramic men (2), b) Woman wrestling with Mirror (portal to the other worlds)

 

Emily Texting (2 or more).  85% lifesize – dressed resin figures texting that suggest connection between people not geographically connected, digital rituals, digital lives beyond physical presence.  Also just a fun way to see ourselves in a contemporary-lives pose.

 

Hanging Butoh Figures – 3? Figures modeled after previous series – 40”H figures, hanging from ceiling in somewhat ritualized movement sequence.   Probbaly raku ceramic (Not yet made)

 

Other Butoh 3-figure compositions – These have the feel of people engaged in some sort of avant-garde ritual.  36”H figures that can be set up on a higher surface.  First three is a woman being held horizontally a few feet above ground by two men.  Second is set on a rooftop structure with woman sitting squawking like a crow and two men doing some sort of tai-chi-like dance on the rooftop.

 

Large textile/tapestry images of heads in some sort of interconnected form which could hang or be on wall, and which could be a ‘screen’ for some projection.  They could feel active or reflective.  I would spray-paint them in a high-contrast sort of loose style.  Something like street art.  Fairly monochromatic.  (Not yet made)

 

3-channel Video of my sculpting with one channel being on the model, matching my careful close-up viewing, 2nd channel being on the piece itself as it evolves and 3rd channel being on me with lots of cutouts to other art and concepts about the piece, influences, other things which get at the complex feelings I am having about the piece that I am trying to ‘bake’ into it during the creation.  Maybe also image of the finished piece.  I like this video idea but it is not really about Ritual yet.  (Not yet made)

 

Several of these exist or could be fairly quickly finished/fixed up to exhibit but most do not yet exist (those labeled ‘Not Yet Made’).  Of the new pieces not able to do all so would need to choose from among these the best options.

 

I would want to let new pieces in particular evolve in conjunction with active interaction with all of you so the pieces are arising in response to you- are more collaborative.  (And vice versa)

 

Live performance for me is limited, but I could always sculpt live on site (presumably Autumn or Katy or other performance artist).  There may be other live/performance options I am not thinking of yet.

 

Initial cast version of mask for Autumn -- 20?+ of these will get decorated in various ways and will be formed into a wall-based installation (they attach to wall and have no backs)  Can be cast in various materials including papier mache which Autumn could actually wear during performances.

Initial cast version of mask for Autumn -- 20?+ of these will get decorated in various ways and will be formed into a wall-based installation (they attach to wall and have no backs)  Can be cast in various materials including papier mache which Autumn could actually wear during performances.


Dance or Land  (I am not a Commodity_) - lifesize chrome plated resin -- this will  be able to be suspended from ceiling in the space if we like so she can appear to be floating or landing.  There is a threaded rod and small pad sticking below right foot but I will work out a way to shorten and disguise it in the installation context.

Dance or Land  (I am not a Commodity_) - lifesize chrome plated resin -- this will  be able to be suspended from ceiling in the space if we like so she can appear to be floating or landing.  There is a threaded rod and small pad sticking below right foot but I will work out a way to shorten and disguise it in the installation context.

Large Woman's Head -- resin version.  This will be painted a light/warm color to keep the connection to the eyes and can be used as the focal point for some perfrmance or sense of ritual  

Large Woman's Head -- resin version.  This will be painted a light/warm color to keep the connection to the eyes and can be used as the focal point for some perfrmance or sense of ritual

 

This is the bronze version (too heavy for use at our show) but giving a view of the piece with a darker patina.  (the guy is fairly small -- piece stands 7 ft tall)  

This is the bronze version (too heavy for use at our show) but giving a view of the piece with a darker patina.  (the guy is fairly small -- piece stands 7 ft tall)

 

Autumn in some sort of aerial running movement.  Idea is to create a constellation of several casts of this pose and a male counterpart, cast in something interesting-- translucent colored resin? (gummy bears) and suspend them from ceiling in some sort of interesting pattern.  Can be lit from below or elsewhere.  size 24"-36" figures.

Autumn in some sort of aerial running movement.  Idea is to create a constellation of several casts of this pose and a male counterpart, cast in something interesting-- translucent colored resin? (gummy bears) and suspend them from ceiling in some sort of interesting pattern.  Can be lit from below or elsewhere.  size 24"-36" figures.

Three Butoh Figures on Roof-- Installation View

Three Butoh Figures on Roof-- Installation View

Dream Carriers- Butoh Performance installation -- pieces are approx 36"H if standing.  (Piece is fragile)   The above pieces connect to ritual insofar as they represent figures in some sort of ritual  

Dream Carriers- Butoh Performance installation -- pieces are approx 36"H if standing.  (Piece is fragile)   The above pieces connect to ritual insofar as they represent figures in some sort of ritual

 

Three Hanging Butoh Figures -- idea is that these could be hung from ceiling.  I would need to make a new set -- they would be larger than previous sets -- about 40"H.  They could be ceramic/raku or cast and painted in resin.  

Three Hanging Butoh Figures -- idea is that these could be hung from ceiling.  I would need to make a new set -- they would be larger than previous sets -- about 40"H.  They could be ceramic/raku or cast and painted in resin.

 

Emily hunched over her smartphone.  I could have at least two of these figures, dressed differently, set in relation to each other,  implying a digital dimension of connectedness, and perhaps hinting at new rituals that are being formed through this suddenly ubiquitous activity.   

Emily hunched over her smartphone.  I could have at least two of these figures, dressed differently, set in relation to each other,  implying a digital dimension of connectedness, and perhaps hinting at new rituals that are being formed through this suddenly ubiquitous activity. 

 

Above -- various lifesize standing figures that could be used in the installation - perhaps arranged in dialog with each other.  In this photo immediately above, installation view from Jane Sauer show, you can see some of the other poses I have used which might be possible to expand on in the context of October Ritual.      

Above -- various lifesize standing figures that could be used in the installation - perhaps arranged in dialog with each other.  In this photo immediately above, installation view from Jane Sauer show, you can see some of the other poses I have used which might be possible to expand on in the context of October Ritual.

 

 

 

One more possible piece that is available-- Unstructured Presence - Cast Metal version -- shown here prior to final buffing and clear patina in foundry.  Free-standing it has a back but goes well against a wall.  The wood slices will be fuller, possibly one will be stone.

One more possible piece that is available-- Unstructured Presence - Cast Metal version -- shown here prior to final buffing and clear patina in foundry.  Free-standing it has a back but goes well against a wall.  The wood slices will be fuller, possibly one will be stone.

Still Missing :  

Something about Clasped Hands installation -- need a drawing or image. 

Also Something about 3-channel Video.  

Can we do something with the totemic Hands?   

Other pieces that come up in conjunction with collaboration ideas. 

What might I be able to do on the outside of the building? 

What about large spray-painted head or head-in-relation compositions on Burlap or other large format textiles hung in banner format?