Sincerely, Yours was a collaborative degree project show produced with Annika Berry in Spring 2016 at the Rhode Island School of Design. The show encapsulated individual works (my year long "body doubles" project and Annika's "cowboy") as well as joint works. Each work plied at the human instinct to perform and sculpt oneself – to become "self made" and reliant, to practice perfection as a craft, always with the awareness of an audience eager to receive and to judge. In my "body doubles" (video-portraits), I explore the human capacity to continuously create and re-create ourselves, while navigating interpersonal exchanges with strangers-turned-collaborators. Meanwhile Annika explored "cowboy" as mask, icon, and lens, simultaneously paying homage to the icon and subverting it through failed attempts of embodiment. Do we love the object of desire, or do we wish to manifest it?

 

Visitors watch wild west

Visitors watch wild west

A visitor watches Salute to the Judges

A visitor watches Salute to the Judges

Visitors are seated before the "olympic podium"

Visitors are seated before the "olympic podium"

A visitor listens to voicemails from cowboys. 

A visitor listens to voicemails from cowboys

A visitor watches Stations of the Cross

A visitor watches Stations of the Cross

Foreground: a visitor watches Flex Projection in background: True Barbarian (above photos of Sincerely, Yours opening night courtesy of Lucas Vasilko)

Foreground: a visitor watches Flex

Projection in background: True Barbarian

(above photos of Sincerely, Yours opening night courtesy of Lucas Vasilko)

Left: marlboro man. Far right: pain & pleasure installation. 

Left: marlboro man. Far right: pain & pleasure installation

Left projection: wild west . In foreground: maintenance .

Left projection: wild west . In foreground: maintenance .

Left: scrolling fragments of correspondences with "body doubles" subjects. Right: scrolling fragments of correspondences with cowboys. 

Left: scrolling fragments of correspondences with "body doubles" subjects. Right: scrolling fragments of correspondences with cowboys. 

 

Also included in the show but not pictured above was a collaborative piece, Mohegan Sun Casino the Day Prince DiedBelow are some "postcards" (decontextualizations of body language) from the piece: