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FOUNTAIN (The Tower: Ground Level), 2016-2017

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FOUNTAIN (The Tower: Ground Level), 2017

FOUNTAIN […] is the second installment of The Tower, an ongoing multimedia project that takes shape through the framework of a theoretical megastructure as a fragmented sequence of sculptural cross sections, never as a fully integrated, vertically erect whole. Each cross section represents a floor or level of the larger architectural fantasy, which ultimately proposes a new world order, complete with future mythologies, anatomies, and technologies. The structure’s narrative builds upon allegorical mineral economies and alchemical experimentation; evolution of reproductive systems and thus a restructuring of gender-based power structures. Intersections of intersexual anatomies and architectural technologies fantastically surmount the tower’s pinnacle and beyond. The Tower ascends from the guts of the world into the void of space, toward future forms and conditions of “humanity,” or its complete departure…without ever leaving the Earth’s surface.

FOUNTAIN corresponds to terrestrial surface and the present, as a reservoir in perpetual flux that exists in a hypothetical plaza surrounding The Tower. It operates as an intermediary site of cyclic transition from solid to liquid to gas, and the spectrum of states between interior and exterior, ground and sky, terrestrial and extraterrestrial. Is the site hexed or undergoing a revolutionary phase of evolution, a painful conflation of resistance and persistence?

We have our beautifully arid binary: sodium chloride and potassium chloride (domestic partners / marketplace competitors / workforce adversaries) initially operating statically outside of the reservoir, alongside one another in purely segregated states…yet both with crystalline structures ripe for transformation. A revolutionary catalyst, blackmarket beauty potassium ferricyanide, hits the water running, gestating through the heart of the system, pumping its lifeblood up and out. Its bodily fluids seep through the crystal field, initiating an irreversible, perpetual metamorphosis of bodies yet to come.

Henceforth, the system undergoes stages of stagnation, eruption, gestation, evaporation, and crystallization (Just add water, and the process carries on ad infinitum). The essence rises up from liquid to gas, abandoning newborn crystal solids to crawl up the structure, flaunting their molecular makeovers upon the aggregate architecture as they go. The elemental spell is at once cast to elucidate heterodystopia and transutopia. However, it can return to fluid state, should that be willed, to further alter future phases of evolution from the ground up, all over yet again.

The preceding level, VAULT, addresses the past (specifically underworld histories leading up to the haunted present), whereas the forthcoming levels address the immediate future, or late, final futures (leading to the heavens and beyond). In production through 2017 and due for completion 2018, The Tower will culminate in a final exhibition and performance event accompanied by an artist’s publication.

Installation: Sodium chloride, potassium chloride, potassium ferricyanide, water, marine vinyl, polyvinyl chloride (liner), polypropylene (webbing), cast concrete, stainless steel (pole and hardware), anodized aluminum, cast iron (enameled), magnets, water pump, ellipsoidal light, electrical components.

Dimensions: 112″ Diameter x 112″ height
(lighting rig excluded: variable)

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