Becoming an Image is a piece that works at the interstices of performance, photography, and sculpture.
This piece was originally conceived as a site-specific work for the ONE Archives in Los Angeles, the oldest active LGBTQ archive in the United States. Cassils unleashes an attack on a 2000 pound clay block. Delivering a series of kicks and blows in total darkness, the spectacle is illuminated only by the flash of a photographer, burning the image into the viewer’s retina. At Cassils’s solo show at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, 12 photographs were displayed. They were taken by blinded photographers who captured performances from prior exhibitions in London, Montreal, and Los Angeles. These images depict Cassils sweating, grimacing, and flying through the air, a primal force, scarred flesh pummelling blocks of earth.
Ghost is a 4-channel sound installation which recreates the sounds of the artist’s breath, blows, grunts, and pulse rate during one performance of Becoming An Image. We hear Cassils darting from one corner to the other and circling the listener like a ghost.
Ghost works best when installed in a small blacked out room with the four speakers hung at ear level. It has also been installed around a remnant clay bash sculpture, as well as on wireless headphones alongside large-scale photographs from the same piece. To hear Ghost, please contact the artist or Ronald Feldman Fine Arts.