TITLE: Patella: The Cycling Bone
MEDIUM: performance art video
DIMENSIONS/RUN TIME: 7:32
DESCRIPTION/STATEMENT: Humans, as a species, don’t possess elbow caps, hip caps, or shoulder caps. I’m told we’re not even born with knee caps -which suggests these bones probably develop
later for cycling.
I became acutely aware of said condition several years ago, when I shattered one in just such an activity, and ended up part bicycle myself, with the repair involving the installation of several stainless steel screws.
While in rehab, I wistfully considered returning to drawing… The problem being that I’d become wary of conventional art disciplines, distrusting any possibility of an unrehearsed viewer response to any traditional art medium.
So I stripped drawing back to basic mark-making, and expanded its rhythmic possibilities through light and sound. My amplified knee caps feature the world’s earliest known electronic musical instrument, invented by the Russian, Léon Theremin.