CHARIOT CHAMBER, a collaborative video/installation with Aysha Quinn, consisted of 3 Channel Color Video with stereo audio, 7 Monitors, 3 VTRs, 4 White-4 ft. Neon Tubes (covered with slide backing tape) with Transformer, 9″ x 18″ Double Tetrahedronal, Grey Clay Sculpture, 8 Walls of 13 Layers of White Bridal Illusion (bridal veil) Set in a Spiral Shape, 1 Fish-net Canopy.
In the center of the gallery space is a white spiral chamber of 8 translucent veils of numerous airy layers of bridal illusion, all 9 ft. high, starting with a 10 ft. width, decreasing in width as they spiral into the center, with the final panel being 3 1/2 ft. wide. The borders are feathered and inter-meshed forming tiers, invisibly stitched to form one 54 ft. or so floating wall.
This chamber is lighted by two external monitors at opposite corners of the gallery and its path is lined by three monitors spiraling in toward the chambers center, where two monitors are side by side – low to the floor. There are two basic themes to the piece. 1. The spiral structure and the 5 monitors that light its outer perimeter and its path emulate an ancient Egyptian yoga that utilizes visualization of rhythmic spiraling sequences of color, clockwise in, counter-clockwise out, centering and expanding. These motion cycles are created by sequential color wipes (red, yellow, blue, white). 2. The inner chamber, (double monitor section) contains a symbolic abstraction of the Chariot or is an abstract image of the persona (personality) as the exterior vehicle of the human experience.
A double tetrahedronal, grey, clay sculpture is suspended under a canopy of star-like reflective shapes set into a midnight blue fish-net. It is surrounded by 4 white neon poles, covered with mylar slide backing tape to allow only tiny slits and spots of light (giving a starry effect). The two monitors near the floor, represent the wheels of the vehicle and show circular themes, circling camera movements. These images include scenes from the Anasazi kivas and other structures, the high chaparral, moving shots, mountains and sky, etc. with computer graphic animation, ie. wheels and flying double tetrahedron, at times superimposed over the natural scene.
The translucent wall glows with the rhythmic color sequences, and moves in response to air currents. Monitors and muted neon provide all light for the installation. Audio is performed, rhythmic, breathing with heartbeat designed to interrelate with the rhythmic color dot & wipes.
Chariot Chamber, Too was a modified re-creation of Chariot Chamber for Proctors Theater – Proctors Too in Schenectady, NY, 1989.