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SACRED SPHEROID, 2010-2011

  • Sacred Spheroid (Dissolution Yantra): Initiation Ritual, 2010. Performance still.
  • Sacred Spheroid (Dissolution Yantra): Initiation Ritual, 2010. Performance still.
  • Sacred Spheroid (Dissolution Yantra): Initiation Ritual, 2010. Performance still.
  • Sacred Spheroid (Dissolution Yantra): Initiation Ritual, 2010. Performance still.
  • Sacred Spheroid (Dissolution Yantra): Initiation Ritual, 2010. Performance still.
  • Sacred Spheroid (Dissolution Yantra): Initiation Ritual, 2010. Performance still.
  • Sacred Spheroid (Dissolution Yantra): Initiation Ritual, 2010. Performance still.
  • Sacred Spheroid (Dissolution Yantra): Initiation Ritual, 2010. Performance still.
  • Sacred Spheroid (Dissolution Yantra): Initiation Ritual, 2010. Installation view.
  • Sacred Spheroid (Dissolution Yantra): Initiation Ritual, 2010. Installation detail.
  • Sacred Spheroid (Dissolution Yantra): Initiation Ritual, 2010. Installation view.
  • Sacred Spheroid (Dissolution Yantra): Initiation Ritual, 2010. Installation view.
  • Sacred Spheroid (Dissolution Yantra): Initiation Ritual, 2010. Performance still.
  • Sacred Spheroid (Dissolution Yantra): Initiation Ritual, 2010. Performance still.
  • Sacred Spheroid (Dissolution Yantra): Initiation Ritual, 2010. Installation view.
  • Sacred Spheroid (Dissolution Yantra): Initiation Ritual, 2010. Installation view.
  • Sacred Spheroid (Dissolution Yantra): Initiation Ritual, 2010. Installation detail.
  • Sacred Spheroid (Dissolution Yantra): Initiation Ritual, 2010. Installation detail.
  • Sacred Spheroid (Dissolution Yantra): Initiation Ritual, 2010. Installation detail.
  • Sacred Spheroid (Dissolution Yantra): Initiation Ritual, 2010. Installation detail.
  • Sacred Spheroid (Dissolution Yantra): Initiation Ritual, 2010. Installation detail.
  • Sacred Spheroid (Dissolution Yantra): Initiation Ritual Portrait, 2010. SACRED SPHEROID DISSOLUTION YANTRA (Initiation Ritual) RB
  • Sacred Spheroid (Dissolution Yantra): Consecration Ritual, 2010. Installation view.
  • Sacred Spheroid (Dissolution Yantra): Consecration Ritual, 2010. Installation detail.
  • Sacred Spheroid (Dissolution Yantra): Consecration Ritual, 2010. Installation detail.
  • Sacred Spheroid (Dissolution Yantra): Consecration Ritual, 2010. Performance still.
  • Sacred Spheroid (Dissolution Yantra): Consecration Ritual, 2010. Performance still.
  • Sacred Spheroid (Dissolution Yantra): Consecration Ritual, 2010. Performance still.
  • Sacred Spheroid (Dissolution Yantra): Consecration Ritual, 2010. Performance still.
  • Sacred Spheroid (Dissolution Yantra): Consecration Ritual, 2010. Installation view.
  • Sacred Spheroid (Dissolution Yantra): Consecration Ritual, 2010. Installation detail.
  • Sacred Spheroid (Dissolution Yantra): Consecration Ritual, 2010. Installation detail.
  • Sacred Spheroid (Dissolution Yantra): Consecration Ritual, 2010. Installation detail.
  • Sacred Spheroid (Dissolution Yantra): Consecration Ritual, 2010. Installation detail.
  • Sacred Spheroid (Dissolution Yantra): Consecration Ritual Portrait, 2010.
  • Sacred Spheroid (Dissolution Yantra): Ritual Portrait, 2010. C-print, 71 inches x 32 inches.
  • Sacred Spheroid (Dissolution Yantra): Relics From the Void, 2011. Installation view.
  • Sacred Spheroid (Dissolution Yantra): Relics From the Void, 2011. Installation view.
  • Sacred Spheroid (Dissolution Yantra): Relics From the Void, 2011. Installation detail.
  • Sacred Spheroid (Dissolution Yantra): Relics From the Void, 2011. Installation detail.

Projects details

Illusion/Dissolution (Everything is Infinite), 2011. Digital moving image.

Sacred Spheroid (Dissolution Yantra), 2010-2011, is a body of durational work comprised of two live performances, various installations and sculptures, and evolving image, video, and sound production.

During the time span of about a month, Sacred Spheroid (…) evolved through oscillations of mixed and multimedia, and transfigurations of embodiment via yogic rituals. These rituals prompted the creation of sculptural relics and deepened the scope of symbolic language. Themes of spiritual metamorphosis were explored through meditations on infinite, dynamic light (energy) perpetually gestating within infinite, static darkness (void). The work’s process was guided by study and meditation on tantric Buddhism.

The work manifested as four separate yet chronologically and thematically linked pieces, each successively contributing to the overall arc of the work. They are:

1. Sacred Spheroid (Dissolution Yantra): Initiation Ritual, 2010. Exhibited and performed (publicly) by Ryan Brewer in the group exhibition Real/ly Fake, Parsons School of Design. (December 2010)

Installation: Cast-concrete light boxes, unmixed concrete, strobe lights, black lights, wooden monolith, meditation cushion, petroleum jelly, charcoal pigment, ink, candle, deer antlers, fur, essential oil blend, sage, cedar, incense, wool fiber, cotton prayer shawls, tools, miscellaneous vessels/implements, electrical components.

Audio/Visual: Dissolution/Journey to the Void, 2010.  Original digital moving-image and sound piece. Displayed on LCD projector and digital stereo sound system.

Wardrobe:
Fur loincloth, prayer-bead jewelry, jock strap, pigmented petroleum jelly, essential oils.

2. Sacred Spheroid (Dissolution Yantra): Consecration Ritual, 2010. Exhibited and performed by Ryan Brewer (privately) in the group exhibition Real/ly Fake, Parsons School of Design. (December 2010)

Installation: Cast-concrete, wood, steel, clay, unmixed plaster, unmixed concrete, petroleum jelly, pigment, candle, wish bones (chromed), deer antlers, fur, sage, cedar, essential oil blend, incense, wool fiber, cotton prayer shawls, process book, tools, miscellaneous vessels/implements, electrical components.

Audio/Visual: Resolution/Return from the Void, 2011.  Original digital sound piece.  Played on digital stereo sound system.

Wardrobe: Silk voile prayer robe, prayer-bead jewelry, jock strap, leather dance belt (chromed), essential oils, unmixed plaster.  

3. Sacred Spheroid (Dissolution Yantra): Ritual Portrait, 2010. Exhibited in the group photography exhibition Miracles & Traumas, CVZ Contemporary (NYC). (December 2010)

C-print, 72 inches x 32 inches.

4. Sacred Spheroid (Dissolution Yantra): Relics From the Void, 2011. Exhibited in the group exhibition Gut Flora, Parsons School of Design. (January 2011)

Installation: Cast-concrete, wood, steel, clay, unmixed plaster, unmixed concrete, artist’s hair, wish bones (chromed), deer antlers, strobe light, black lights, fur, leather dance belt (chromed), sage, cedar, essential oils,
tonic water, wool, process book, electrical components.

Audio/Visual: Illusion/Dissolution (Everything is Infinite), 2011. Digital moving-image displayed in single-channel video installation. Webcast via YouTube.

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