I: FOUR ACTS OF AGGRESSION / FOUR ACTS AGAINST AGGRESSION
MENDED VEHICLE GLASS, GOLD LEAF, MYLAR, AND ACETATE
Four Acts represents a meditation on the pleasures and perils of violence and the forms that crime and aggression take. These are forms that I link to the imagined moment of impact when committing a vehicle break-in, to the preciousness of the desire to take what is visible but belongs to others in the act of breaking-in, and to the organic form of the human body, which is made psychologically-vulnerable and physically felt, as in the gut, in the moment of having one’s belongings broken into or taken away. The works are arranged in pairs, as couplets in poetry might be linked together, so that each is intended to have a closer dialogue with its nearby counterpart than with those works across the installation room from it. The texts, meanwhile, are provided as attempts to vocalize through language the illegible acts of violence, acts which cut across what is legal and what is rational, following their own course of what they desire instead. The text for Oh Bliss, Bliss and Heaven, I lay… is lifted from the ultra-violent narrative of Alex DeLarge in A Clockwork Orange, in my own act of taking what was not mine and twisting it to suit my purposes. The text accompanying Moon Rock I, on the other hand, is my own. Working from the style of Clockwork Orange, I imagined a heightened interaction between a fascinated holder and the sharp, sparkling sculpture, which I described in a heavily-invented, alliterative slang. The vinyl lettering only represents the first ten words of the ode; the rest was included alongside subsequent sculptures.
Considering the questions of allure and luxury within urban crime, the two-channel video Civic/Accord shows sculptures made from the shrapnel of broken safety glass, mounted to an urban pedestal of cinder blocks and broken marble. The tinsel, a tawdry reference to the chrome of car detailing and the tinsel flags flown at auto dealerships, blows in the wind of my breath as a abstract, almost invisible return to human touch. Constructed with hand-pieced glass collected from the streets, the video is named for two of the most frequently stolen cars in the United States.