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Imitations of Familiar Things : Joel Parsons

Joel Parsons

Imitations of Familiar Things
08/15/2009
The UrbanArt Commission
Memphis, TN

This project was a collaboration with Steven McMahon, a dancer and choreographic associate with Ballet Memphis.

To carry out the project Steven told me some memories he has of visiting his grandmother as a child, then I made sculptures about Steven's memories, and at the opening Steven activated the sculptures that I made by improvising a dance with them.

I also told Steven some memories I have of living in a rural village in India, then Steven made a dance about my memories, and at the opening I made drawings about Steven's dance as he performed it.

http://www.joeltparsons.com/files/gimgs/10_1007647.jpg
installation view
http://www.joeltparsons.com/files/gimgs/10_1007661.jpg
Sculpture for a performance of someone else’s memories (love story)
latex paint, revolving musical figurine, plinth
http://www.joeltparsons.com/files/gimgs/10_1007648.jpg
Sculpture for a performance of someone else’s memories (grandmother's broken rosary)
paper, tape, plaster, latex paint, chain
http://www.joeltparsons.com/files/gimgs/10_1007665.jpg
http://www.joeltparsons.com/files/gimgs/10_1007653.jpg
Sculpture for a performance of someone else’s memories (rosary music box)
functional music box mechanism, beads, latex paint, chain, latex doily on plinth
http://www.joeltparsons.com/files/gimgs/10_1007657.jpg
Sculpture for a performance of someone else’s memories (fear of Freddy Kruger)
latex paint on glass, graphite on vellum
http://www.joeltparsons.com/files/gimgs/10_793011125933441861507470045303075097520854n.jpg
performance view
http://www.joeltparsons.com/files/gimgs/10_1007666.jpg
This is a gesture.
Each package contained a collaborative drawing made by Steven and myself, as well as the texts describing memories that Steven and I gave one another at the beginning of the process.
http://www.joeltparsons.com/files/gimgs/10_793011125931041801507470045303075037506846n.jpg
performance view
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