Homage á Odilon Redon (1979)
Performance on April 28th 1979 at the Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art
"In the confines of the imperceptible, the intermediate state between animal and plant life, that mysterious element that is animal for a few hours of the day, but only under the action of light."
-Odilon Redon (French Symbolist Painter 1840-1916)
A performance that lasted 2 hours underneath a spot light on a raised platform wearing a garment covered in flowers as a symbolic gesture to Odilon Redon's desire to have a synthesis between females and plants. The endurance of the piece lies in remaining as still as possible to emulate a still-life painting. The piece was accompanied by a score that consisted of Redon's favorite works of music (Bach, Beethoven, Schuman, Debussy, Ravel, Chopin) inter-cut with phrases spoken in French from Redon's writings.
Flower Arranger: Calvin Charman
Narrator (on tape): Ina Delcourt
Music (on tape) Coordinator: Blaise Bryski