Breath Sculptures Selected
"oh! the precious stones being buried and the opened flowers!"
Gush, pond,-- Foam, roll on the bridge and over the woods;--
black palls and organs, lightening and thunder, rise and roll;--
waters and sorrows rise and launch the Floods again.
For since they have been dissipated--
oh! the precious stones being buried and the opened flowers!--
it's unbearable! and the Queen, the Witch who lights her fire
in the earthen pot will never tell us what she knows,
and what we do not know.
-Excerpt of "After the Flood" by Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891)
As part of Occupy Museums' Fair Art Fair (Free Art for Fair Exchange), held outside of the Armory Show in New York City, the Breath Brokerage mobile art booth allowed visitors to purchase art using their own breath as currency. In the words of Julia Halperin of ArtInfo, the booth "was offering small clay sculptures he had created while holding his breath in exchange for any creative product a fairgoer could make in a single breath. (This reporter wrote him a one-sentence article.)" And also available at the booth: "Visitors would blow a given number of breaths into a balloon in exchange for a balloon filled with one fewer breaths. Though the reference to various economic bubbles was clear, the performance also related nicely to the commerce going on inside. 'Obviously, you have to give me one more breath than I have,' the demonstrator said with a wink. 'I have to make a profit.'" Link to full article here.
Efficient Self-Reproduction Series (Object Me)
Each "Object Me" self-portrait is engraved with a unique Item Number, the exact time it took to create, and the days on which it was worked. The "Object Me" series serves as an example of efficient self-reproduction. I doubled my self-reproduction efficiency in less than three months.
Tea-Time for Two
Collaboration with Eugenia Manwelyan
Commissioned by Art Manwelyan