2. BAD CHOREOGRAPHY
Falling over | Lying face down | ‘Balancing acts’
You get to that point sometimes where you need to take things back to basics. Being able to work quickly. Spontaneously. These photographs are playful. How much ‘awkward and clumsy’ can I choreograph? Falling over, lying face down, ‘balancing acts’ (sic). No tricks here. No athleticism. The humour is dry. Pathos wriggles just under the skin.
I’m conscious but my thoughts are blurred. Somewhere else.
Occupied. Swamped. At breaking point.
Sleep is the dead weight of concrete boots that take half the day to shake off.
Wake up! Wake up! Wake up!
Walking with a rhythm slowed and slurred by middle age
A creaking and clicking downsizing human frame.
I try to keep up…
I heard the news today, oh boy.
Why. When. How. Did we get here?
I started playing around, and thought it would be
quite interesting to get on them. I was thinking about how the plinths affected
me; I tried to let the plinths determine where I put my foot or my arm. It
became a pose work, an action that I did throughout the day. Somebody photographed
me and I liked how that looked. People always think it’s lampooning Henry
Moore, but I actually did that with a piece called Fallen Warrior, where I’m lying on
.” — From
McClean. Pose Work for Plinths 3.
“I think humour is used a lot of the time to keep people from getting too close. Humour side-steps and shifts the meaning.” — From Bruce Nauman.
If I’m honest, I’m having fun with this. And why shouldn’t I?