EXPLODE ME

Single-channel video installation, 2006, VSW gallery, Rochester, NY

Explode Me, 2005, installation cover art, digital c-print

Explode Me was installed at the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester NY in 2006.

I completed the installation as part of an artist residency and teaching contract with the VSW.

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Entering the gallery space to view the video requires that the audience cross through the beam of the projection and cast the shadow of their own silhouette onto the video. In order to view the installation, you have to superimpose your own silhouette into the image and surround your own form with spectacular cartoon explosions.

”Explode Me”, 2006, single-channel video installation, VSW gallery, Rochester, NY

In addition, periodically throughout the looping projection silhouettes of a “phantom” will cast shadows like yours and seem to cross through the room. The result is a palpable sense of being in the presence of a “ghost”. Seeing the silhouette of another person casting a shadow in the projection beam, you might turn to look behind you – but there is 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 New York City. With this installation I invoke the phantasmic sense of absence. The feeling of having the shadows of the lost walking around you in the midst of overwhelming disaster.