by Hiba Ali
Guest Editor: Nicholas O'Brien
Construction: lights, lots and lots of fog and hard/blues rock: the former 'materials' were modulated and coordinated with the song Slow Ride by Foghat for Party On, Pedestal by Tony Balko at THE STOREFRONT. The event was scheduled last month during the 2nd Floor Rear Festival indicated in the 12 slots below, each respectively held in Logan Square.
The title of the exhibition is instructive in deciphering the visceral installation, performativity, and overall execution of this event. Essentially a performance where walls acted as the secondary site of introspection, a pedestal at the center of the space demanded all the viewer’s attention. The pedestal projected colors and emitted fog in sync with Slow Ride.
A casual passerby described this show by simply saying, "I liked it. It was trippy."
I am not one to contest that opinion as such, but instead would want to provide a deeper reading of this statement, specifically illustrate what the ‘It’ is according to the passerby. The walls functioned merely as containers since what occurred in the performance only happened within them and not on them. The performance’s documentation, in photos and videos, is not sufficient in depicting the complex physical experience, as it fails to show how the lights and fog of the performance became the space of the exhibition.