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Cassils creates an endurance based performance, resulting in 2 new works, treating the body as a  sculptural material
Cassils creates an endurance based performance, resulting in 2 new works, treating the body as a sculptural material
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My past performances present my body as a spectacle and explore the boundaries between theater, photography and cinema. The event’s transparent structure allows the audience to experience both the image of the body, and the production of that body as image. Kickstarter funds will support the development and exhibition of a new project in which I continue this exploration of the body as social sculpture, and the material conditions for the formation of the body as image and spectacle.

Cuts: A traditional Sculpture
Antin’s 1972 performance (in which the artist photographed herself while dieting) responded to notion that Greek sculptors found their ideal form by discarding unnecessary material from their marbled blocks. Rather than crash diet, over three months I will build my body by injecting myself with testosterone, adhering to a strict body building regime (in nutrition and exercise). I will document my body as it changes, taking 4 photos a day, from 4 vantage points. Working with a software designer, I will create digital flip book application for mobile devices (iPad,iPhone) inspired by Antin’s photographic grid. Using a touch-based interface, the viewer will be able to turn my body as a sculpture would turn on a pedestal.

Insertion Exertion
The second work I will make is based on Lynda Benglis’ "Advertisement". This work was placed in Artforum (editors would not accept the work as an art project, but offered to print it as an ad). I will re stage the Benglis image when my body is at its peak of its transformation for Cuts. Like Cuts, this work will be produced for the exhibit Los Angeles Goes Live. Once the photo is created the appearance of this image in Artforum will identify me to readers as a gender variant artist, disrupting the presumed heterosexual dynamics of viewship (as did Benglis) while signaling shifts in the cultural landscape, and the role of artists like Benglis is bringing about those changes.

Accompanying these two works will be a blog where I post the details (photos, workouts, anecdotes) on this performative sculpture in process. This performance will feature in the Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) show Los Angeles Goes Live.

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    A place of honor in my heart forever AND exclusive updates about the performance as it develops.

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    Eternal gratitude, Exclusive updates, PLUS access to the CUTS A TRADITIONAL SCULPTURE exclusive online sneak preview of the artist application.

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    All of the previous rewards PLUS I will send you “A Body Sculpture 12 Month Calendar”: A special pin up calendar, featuring 12 performance stills of the artist which reflect the passing seasons.

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    All of the previous rewards PLUS a completed downloadable version of the artist application CUTS: A TRADITIONAL SCULPTURE and a hand written thank you signed by the artist

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    All of the previous rewards PLUS a special thank you in the end credits of the iPad/Phone application and an autographed and smooched photo of the artist printed on archived photo paper.

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    All of the previous rewards PLUS signed limited edition CUTS: A TRADITIONAL SCULPTURE poster, printed on archived photo paper. PLUS a vial including droplets of sweat produced during the performance.

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    All of the previous rewards PLUS!!! A limited edition signed artist print from the exclusive CUTS: A TRADITIONAL SCULPTURE photo series, choose a day of the performance (your choice) and receive a framed photo grid of the 4 photos, from 4 angles, documenting that day.

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    Everything from the levels below PLUS 6 personal training sessions with the artist, TOTALLY SERIOUS PERSONAL TRAINER, SHOWING UP LOOKING CUTE AND MAKING YOU SWEAT TILL YOU BEG ME TO STOP.

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    FOR FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS YOU WILL GET EVERYTHING IN THE HOUSE plus I will credit you as an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER of the artist iPhone/ Pad application!!

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