SPIN ART (2014)
CREATING PUBLIC ART THROUGH PERFORMANCE
Running Time: 50 minutes
Number of Performers: 4 performers, 2 musicians
Premiere (Proscenium): January 2014, FLICfest at Irondale Center, Brooklyn, NY
Premiere (Installation): 2014, Queensborough Community College, Queens, NY
Choreography: Emily Berry
Original Sound Composition: Daniel Bernard Roumain and Kenny Grohowski
Spin Art involves a 30’ x 30’ Plexiglass cube with an audience surrounding all four of its sides. Inside the cube, four performers have tubes attached to their bodies that spray paint when they fling their limbs. As the performers build momentum through spiraling and flinging movement sequences, the glass slowly becomes covered with paint and the performers disappear from view. Once the performance is complete, audience members can enter the cube as they would a gallery where the walls, ceiling and floor have become the canvases. The cube structure could remain up for days or months as a public art piece. The Cube version was awarded a Queens Council on the Arts Grant and premiered in Queens in 2014.
Four bodies spiral, fling, go upside down, turn, and fly through space, evoking the image of leaving marks on the space. The imprint is reminiscent of the old “spin art” craft projects where kids add color and glitter to moving paper.