In Play, 2007 - 2011
In Play is a project that I began in 2007 of ping-pong recorded with video and photography with artists and writers of influence or like-mindedness. For five minutes, each artist or writer and I volley the ball back and forth, actualizing the cross-fertilization of ideas in art. Creating the "field of play" of the art world, each two-channel video composition captures the foreground of the ping-pong table and background that replicates the table. The ping-pong then takes form through photography, as I photograph the artist or writer and he or she photographs me. Using a plain black backdrop and even lighting, the photographs emphasize the characteristics of each persons face. I then select the photograph of the artist or writer and me with similar directions in gaze and expression, and combine the two photographs into one. While the photographs capture the characteristics of the face, the act of ping-pong reveals a transparency, as each player concentrates on the task rather than practicing his or her own etiquette toward the lens. Using ping-pong, the cross-fertilization of the art world is epitomized. In Play highlights the interconnectivity of history, artists, writers, and ideas in the world of art.
To date, Vito Acconci, Vicki Goldberg, Erwin Wurm, Peter Garfield, Martha Buskirk, Gary Metz, Terry Barrett, Cal Kowal,
William Anastasi, Patty Chang, Dennis Oppenheim, Dan Graham, Michael Snow, Marcy B Freedman, Kate Gilmore, and Thomas Zummer have participated.