Last weekend I participated with the Big on Bloor arts festival in Toronto. A “Performance Cube” was created and curated by White House Studio members Basil AlZeri and David Graham. For two days the cube showcased a revolving array of different White House Studio members doing different performances. I performed a new piece called Eye-Catching where I performed the ritualized process of creating these objects I call “Eye-Catchers”. Similar to the idea of dream-catchers, my Eye-Catchers are meant to be used as talismans against the evil eye. Reflective, colourful and flashy, they’re meant to catch one’s first glance, which is thought in superstitions to be the most potent and deadliest of gazes. I performed in my Tarp Ghost persona and gave the Eye-Catchers to anyone in the audience that would hold eye contact with me. Overall, I felt the performance went really well and people seemed very curious about the piece. Video coming soon.
Reference for current painting in progress.
I have been collecting a lot of source material off the internet and discovered a whole series of Tarp Ghosts. I’m currently working on a watercolour triptych on this theme.
The way a plastic tarp drapes over mangled wreckage is an exciting juxtaposition for me as a painter. Smooth and sharp contours… the destruction of form and the creation of a new form. The concept that the tarp acts as a censor, yet a censor that is eye catching and colourful! It seems like such a visual conflict for me as the viewer. Already the spectacle of the crash attracts your eye, and the tarp reaffirms the worst in these situations; a fatality has occurred and the tarp covers the horrifying scene. Yet, you look… and you know… but are only left to study the contours of the tarp… like a beautiful landscape scene that has grown on top of a mass grave…
a morbid still life. Ghosts.
Rumor has it:
Tarp Ghost might be appearing this weekend at the All Caps Festival on Toronto island. Pay your respects.