Punch Line - Live at the SF Arts Commission Gallery - (Video)
2009 Murphy and Cadogan Fellowships in the Fine Arts
Immediate Future Dates: October 7 December 12, 2009 Opening Reception: Friday, October 9, 6 9 p.m. Locations: SFAC Gallery, 401 Van Ness (at McAllister) and 155 Grove Street
Artist: Michael Barrett Curator: Aimee Le Duc Director of Documentary: Scott Bell Director of Photography: Jeremy Parsons Digital Images: Stavroula Kolitsopoulos Ring Master: Killean Evans Referee #1: Mike Gosbee Referee #2: Cesar Vazquez
The goal of the performer is to control the balance of the platform while attempting to paint a straight line. While the performer struggle to achieve a straight line, the plane on which the performance occurs is ever changing making it more and more difficult to accomplish the goal. In addition, each time the performer attempts to achieve the goal of painting a straight line, he/she is subjected to the pain of being punched in the face. As the struggle continues, there is never a sense of accomplishment or balance achieved due to the self-imposed tension, pressure, and stress within the environment.