Glacier Party, 2012
The performative act in "Glacier Party" is a kind of initiation-ritual which results in an ambigous painting (created by the dripping, colorful candles) that is transformed again through another medium (photography) and that triggers associations with diverse topics and pictures that are already part of our collective memory of images – from religious topics to certain sexual practices. It´s a celebration that involves the artist as immediate material, too, in which his body becomes another layer, another surface in addition to the actual canvas.
The resulting photos are the last stadium of transformation and are proof of the action that took place, are silent yet telling witness to something intimate that is telling us about exposing yourself to change beyond control and dreams about unification. „Glacier Party“ is interested in the artist, the process of creation and the power of transformation.
It´s a performance project in collaboration with NY based painter Jacob Perkins. His desire for creating a painting and a video at the same time was the base of our further artistic investigation. As this dealing with and merging of medium also shows an aspect of transformation it was important that there would be a visible transformation in the picture to stress the time-based-media performance and video.
We created a setting in which the painter will be in the painting and plays an important role in doing so without actually taking action. The actual painting will be created by itself, being triggered by another artist which is me. Also the painter in the painting will be transformed himself through and during the process of creation. The very first setting is an installation of its own, however, that will also be transformed and in some way die whereas this death of the installation is the crucial condition for the life of the painting afterall. The artist, however, is in between. He is the connecting figure exposing himself to a dangerous situation that can´t be controlled.
It´s creating a kind of initiation ceremony where the artist merges with the canvas, connected through the melted wax which functions as a kind of paint. And even when the artist is gone, the artwork will stay and you can see slight traces of him left that are witness to an event.
Glacier Party, 2012
Glacier Party is a project in collaboration with NY painter and writer Jacob Perkins. The project is interested in the power of transformation, the creative process and the merging of man and material as well as playing with our collective memory of images.
Selected photographs "Glacier Party"