Adventures in Being (small) US tour Photo Post #1

While many Americans were digesting their Thanksgiving experience and braving the malls on Black Friday, Daniel S. DeLuca and I set out to begin the Adventures in Being (small) tour across the United States.

We have now been traveling for 15 days. The majority of our time has been spent experiencing the southern area of the country through a car window.  Even through the barrier of the windshield, it has been a sensory explosion. I have seen the most bizarre trees, cartoon-like cacti, consumerist sprawl, farm after farm, infinite piles of objects now deemed obsolete, and purple mountain majesties!

Here are selected images from the project thus far.  Keep checking back for more updates!

“Southern Bell” Baltimore, MD

“Needle in a Haystack” Roanoke,VA

“Tractor Tire”  Chatsworth, GA

“Wilbanks” Chatsworth, GA

“Turquoise Pipes” Baton Rouge, LA

“Wheels” Baton Rouge, LA

“Convent of Perpetual Adoration” New Orleans, LA

“Sign” New Orleans, LA

“Forgotten Swings” New Orleans, LA

“Daniel’s Clown” New Orleans, LA

“Weatherman (for Phil)” New Orleans, LA

all photos by Daniel S. DeLuca

Adventures in Being (small)

I have been involved in a romance with space since I came into being. When I speak of space, I am not referring to stars and galaxies, but physical space here on earth, both natural and manmade. My love affair with space is one of many reasons that I have committed myself to making and showing action art. Over the years, I have found that many artists working within the realm of the ephemeral have a sensitivity that challenges physical space, specifically in relation to time. This is something that I am consistently thinking about when making my own work.

In 2009, I went through a personal shape shift after a mindful and significant weight loss. Around this time, I began a project titled “Adventures in Being (small)” where I explore spaces and places that I could not previously fit. This began as an exercise in measuring my new body, but soon evolved into a practice that addresses the way that we as humans fit into various environments, both physically and conceptually.
For the past year I have been squeezing myself through fences, between parking meters, inside newspaper stands, through trees, the negative space in furniture etc. I have implemented this practice all over Massachusetts, in New York and recently in Shanghai, China.

Adventures in Being (small) started as a personal and somewhat private endeavor. Although I was often positioning my body in public spaces, there was little to no interference or participation from passerby’s. This changed in Shanghai. There was an avid and unique curiosity exhibited by those who witnessed my actions. People would stop, laugh, and gesture in a way that mimicked my position. I even got a thumbs up! In these moments, my found audience and I were transcending cultural boundaries to have an experience together. This affirmed the importance for me to expand this project by experiencing as many spaces as possible.

I have the opportunity to take “Adventures in Being (small)” on tour and will be traveling across the United States from Boston, MA to California in December to discover both natural and human-made spaces. Updates of this experience will be posted here. Please check out my fundraising effort on Kickstarter, and anyone in New Jersey should listen in for my interview on WTSR 91.3 this Wednesday (November 17th) around Noon!