Conditional Man, 2008
Spinnaker, electric blowers, flexible duct
Life size, each figure six feet
Explanatory text adapted from conversations with the artist and from essays by Gordon Hatt
Arranged side by side midstream in the air, these inflatable figures pulse and writhe in response to changing air pressure as if in some kind of seizure that inspires feelings of revulsion and morbidity. This movement takes place quickly and creates the impression of a certain type of childish play energy -- manic, reckless, dizzying, out of control, eliciting strong feelings of fun and fear.