THREAD WAXING SPACE INSTALLATION, 2001
Installation at the ‘Thread Waxing Space’, New York City
The installation at the Thread Waxing Space was a prophetic site and a specific work that related primarily to the gallery’s environs. This exhibition space was initially an early 20th-century factory that was part of a thriving fashion industry in the city. It was later transformed into a nonprofit installation and performance gallery.
I inhabited the gallery space for the duration of my five-week-long performance. During this time, I used my own body and 4 tons of granulated sugar as the two main materials I had worked with to explore issues of presence, mass transformation and consumption, and the inevitable finality of all capitalistic efforts.
At the entrance to the gallery, I positioned a spiral ramp that circled a three-meter high pit. I performed upon the heaps of sugar, which I scooped and poured into a large candy-floss maker. Behind me, a fan blew the sweet floss into the air upon the crater’s wall, at times wafting over to the gallery-goers. I invited them to strip their winter clothes and join me in the sweet celebration of a looming end. The roll across the crater’s walls enabled the participants to grow a coat of floss on their entire body and thus resemble a large cocoon. The space was located in the neighborhood of SoHo; however, due to the steeping prices of rent, my installation was the last show on view at the Thread Waxing Space before it was forced to shut down.
Curator: Lia Gangitano