2006, single-channel video installation, VSW gallery, Rochester, NY
Explode Me was installed at the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester NY in 2006. I completed the piece as part of an artist residency and teaching contract with the VSW.
By entering the gallery space to view the video loop, the audience was encouraged to break the projection light and cast a shadow of their own silhouette into the video. While engaging with the installation, you could play in the projection light superimposing your own silhouette into the image and surround your form with spectacular cartoon explosions.
”Explode Me”, 2006, single-channel video installation, VSW gallery, Rochester, NY
Periodically, throughout the looping projection, silhouettes of a phantom audience would cross through the space. The result was a palpable sense of being in the presence of a ghost. Seeing the silhouette of another person casting a shadow in the projection, you might turn to look behind you, but there was no one there.
Explode Me was the third art piece in a series of work I had made to process the 9/11 events in N.Y. Specifically, in this installation, I was invoking the phantasmic sense of absence. The feeling of having the shadows of the lost around you in the midst of spectacular disaster.