Robert C. Morgan "The Purgation of Nike

The LAB Gallery

poster for Robert C. Morgan "The Purgation of Nike

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The Lab (for Installation and Performance Art) presents performance installation by Robert C. Morgan titled "The Purgation of Nike (1974-1984/2009)". The piece is based on a 1984 professional studio recording of Morgan's voice slowed down while reading excerpts from an old swim manual published in the late 1930s. The sound resembles a Tantric Buddhist chant and is the source that inspired the work.

The space of the gallery will be painted black, with a red glow in one corner and a large sand circle in the center. There will be a steaming pot of water to one side, placed on an electric coil, lit with a halogen light. A rotating sequence of 20 digital images of the artists hands (photographed in 1974) will be looped on two small monitors in the corner, and a large painting (1984) of a colossal leg will rest against the adjacent wall, also lit by halogen.

The 20-minute performance will take place Tuesday October 20, 2009 at 6:30pm and will involve the sound of the tape as Morgan marks the sand through a series of circular movements that constitute ideographic signs. The installation will remain for the duration of two weeks and will be on view 24/7.



from October 20, 2009 to October 30, 2009

Opening Reception on 2009-10-20 from 6:30
Performance "corsetless"

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