The Nail That Sticks Out Gets Hammered in 10'X18'X30
This piece also takes place in the attic of an old army barrack
at the Headlands Center For The Arts. The room is filled with fifty,
battery operated "dancing" flowers that move in response
to sound waves. On either end of the room a speaker is played at
considerable volume, a "dialogue", an argument between
a drill sergeant and a veteran. The vets monologue at first sounds
rational, but it soon becomes apparent that he has lost his grip
on reality. Or has he? The sarge is the voice of authority, dominance.
His job is to break down the will of the recruit--to "re-invent"
the man. The voice of the other--the paranoid, frustrated Vet, struggles
to assert himself and maintain his identity, while the dancing flowers
wiggle and squirm in response to the sound of their voices. The
sound activated flora, a representation of the natural, are man-made
and move to our rhythm.
War and Peace-10'x18'x30'
This installation takes place in the attic of the army barracks
at the Headlands Center for the Arts. The room, which contains it,
is sealed off with bird netting. It is a large flight or aviary.
As you approach the front entrance to the piece, the lights in the
room turn on, illuminating two rows of eight pair of black army
boots. They are attached to ski-like tracks. When the viewer enters,
the boots begin moving back and forth simulating a slow march to
nowhere. Also in the room are sixteen white doves. They usually
feed on the ground, so when the boots start moving, this sends the
birds up in a graceful flutter to their perch near the back windows.
This piece is intended to be a simple meditation on war and its
social implications. The boots stand in for infantrymen but also
represent technology and the way it dehumanizes people, much like
the army, through standardization and forced conformity, The doves
are nature to this culture. They stand as witnesses to the scene
before them and fly freely in contrast to the regimentation of the
monotonous shuffling boots.