Evoking issues of the father and the nature of fathering, through video, poetry and sculpture elements, …of the father hints at two sides of the coin:
that which is perceived, inherited, desired
and that which is unknown, held in secret, or discarded.
Set within a rock triangle sculpture serving as a viewing well, one enigmatic video loop depicts a stone being thrown into a dark pool of water. Out of this tarn reflecting twisted branches, the face of the artist’s father is revealed. Imperceptibly, the video reverses direction – sucking the stone back out of the pool into hands, waiting to be cast to water once again.
Inside a swinging suspended copper cone, the other video twists clockwise, then counter clockwise, as a dark figure recites an incantation of attributes “…of the father.” After endowing each coin with a quality – “of the father,” he drops the coin, seemingly with recognition, or a wish – splash – into a black bowl of water.