I’m in a group show coming up in NYC titled TRIP THE LIGHTS FANTASTIC at Highline Loft Gallery from May 29th-June 1st, curated by Natalie Kates
“Object Orientated LARPing (The Return of the Monolith Monsters)” is a new light sculpture I created specifically for the show. LARP is an acronym for Live Action Role Playing…a game in which participants physically act out their character’s behaviors, choices, and actions in a real world setting. The success of a live action role playing game relies heavily on the commitment to character and authenticity players create through their costuming, makeup, and performance during game play.
Real world physical objects often stand in for imaginary game-based ones (a cardboard tube as a stand in for “The Sword of Destiny,” for example). This sculpture is the object-equivalent to participant/performance LARPing, creating a sense of authenticity with common materials (paper, foam, paint) and a performative element (fading light).