86 great eastern street
shoreditch, london ec2a 3jl
A cloud rains
on man as he paints it.
Proposal for performance at the “draw_drawing_2” opening at The Foundry
This performance explores the romantic yet doomed position of the mark maker. We see a figure attempting to paint a rain cloud onto the ceiling of a room. As they work, the paint drips down onto them like real rain, covering their face. Their each gesture is a bold existential affirmation but they become covered in paint from their own fictional cloud.
blue squares of plastic are set up, one on the ceiling for the painter to
paint onto and the other directly below to catch the drips that will form
a second, reflected image of the cloud. The performer stands on a chair or
ladder to reach the ceiling. They paint with a thick brush using white and
black paint that has been diluted to make sure it drips off the ceiling effectively.
takes on the roll of a cartoon character followed perpetually by a personal
storm that floats above their head eternally soaking them. The figure may
also remind the viewer of Tantalus, the Greek sinner who was condemned to
have a bolder float above his head for all time ready to drop like a piano
and crush him like a bug.
this performance uses paint as a material, it has an emphasis on mark making
that positions it as a drawing exercise. The performance is process based
rather than narrative based. Thus, this piece could take place through out
one of the opening nights, rather than taking up one of the few live slots.
After the performer has left the remaining rain cloud paint drawing and props
could form a sculptural element within the show.
will were protective eye goggles and will have assistants on hand to make
sure the public do not interfere with the performer and props.