Materials: Video; color, sound
Length: 3:10 min.
Credit: Courtesy of the artist; Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York; Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne; and Cabinet Gallery, London
Pearl Vision centers on the artist’s communion with a sound machine—a beloved Pearl Vision® snare drum—through which he communicates by way of rhythmic pulses of information akin to computer code. The camera pans around the drum’s silver shell in close-up; we see the artist, wearing bright red pants and a white T-shirt, straddle the drum and strike it, flick the “throw-off” switch open and closed, and bob his Sony ear-phoned head to the beat. This is foreplay, set to a throbbing electronic voice-beat: “On, Off, On, Off…” The human-machine intercourse climaxes as the artist’s thighs are again reflected in the surface of the drum, but this time, sans red pants. A drumstick quickly tickles the vent hole, and the silver surface merges with artist’s skin.