24:17 minute HD video, 2008. (5 of 33 videos)
From 2007-2008, I worked on a series of short videos in my studio that I later grouped under the title "Actions." Using inexpensive materials like balloons, wood, ribbon, bb guns, gravity and my own body, I arranged these objects to create scenarios in which there exists a balance between two opposing forces. A single catalytic action destabilizes this balance, and the forces then work against each other until one is exhausted and they return to a state of equilibrium. Within these set ups, there exists a sense of inevitability, a deterministic endpoint that I as the artist intend and the viewer anticipates. Yet the nature of experimentation and the variables that exist within each performance ensures the unexpected. The tension between what we anticipate and what actually happens reflects the feelings of frustration and satisfaction that I experience through my actions as a performer. In the end, the only underlying constant is that the present state is about to change: something is going to happen.