DRAW

4-channel installation based on a 60-minute performance at the former site of Spahn Ranch (Chatsworth, CA)–a one-time shooting location for Hollywood westerns. In the 1960’s, Charles Manson and his family used the ranch as a commune and base of operations. 4 performers (strangers asked to perform after only a brief moment of informal contact) stand upright in a diamond formation. Each holds a gun pointed at the person/player located opposite for a duration of sixty minutes without reprieve. The installation reconstruct the filmed configuration–substituting four rear-projection screen representations of the original performers. Because of the length of the performance and the necessary concentration needed to maintain the pose, the performers’ tension remains constant. Frustration and exhaustion levels rise and fall as each minute of daylight passes and performers move between balance and constriction and the setting gradually fades to darkness.