Demonstration and Rational Demons
October 2, 2008
A sort of ritualistic gathering, Taggart sought to create an inviting atmosphere for the viewer to participate in the sit-in. Using low lying platforms, such as wooden logs, Taggart says he’s trying to establish s sense of accessibility in his work. He want’s the viewer to step onto the plinth and interact with the work.
The installation features many of the soft bag-like disguise sculptures Taggart has employed in other installations. He says he’s drawn to these shapes because it doesn’t impose a structure on the viewer. Instead it only takes form once it’s worn.
But Taggart is also embarking into uncharted territory with Demonstration.
“[Bringing] soft sculpture together with several non-costume elements such as wooden sculptures and audio. The challenge was to bring these elements together in a way that creates an open narrative and leaves the participatory elements in the hands of the viewer. There are different ways to engage with the work, both literal and subconscious.”
Summing up the experimental work, Taggart, in keeping with the particularly dark nature of the show, explains, “It’s as though an Aesop fable fell into the hands of occult worshipers, and this is the result.”
Demonstration and Rational Demons will be on display at Lethbridge’s Trap\door ARC crawl space beginning Sat October 4.
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