Offerings: A Division of Labor

An awkward dialog takes place on the paper screen which hangs above a twelve-foot-long table. From the far end of the table, a zoetrope mechanism projects a series of hands that hesitate, then toss a bone, as if to make a proposition or offer a secret deal. Seated at the receiving end of this gesture, a secretary chair responds by intermittently putting both hands out in expectation. Through these oversimplified body gestures, the structured setting takes on the weight of a scrutinizing job interview, a congressional hearing or a tense social occasion.

Mixed media: Secretarial chair parts, wood table (twelve feet long) with steel legs, paper screen, motors, lights, lenses, film, fans, vinyl records, mirrors, steel, velvet, 84 × 36 × 168 inches.

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