Saturday, 1 November 2014

Epoxy (2014)

Gavin Krastin in Epoxy (photo by Owen Murray)

Epoxy (2014)

Commissioned by Visualeyez Festival of Performance Art 2014, hosted and produced by Latitude 53 in Edmonton, Canada. 

Created by Gavin Krastin and Alan Parker

Performed by Gavin Krastin

Epoxy is a visual and visceral exploration of movement and momentum and the restriction thereof. The body, whilst physically restricted, experiences movement differently: Open and elongated gestures and journeys become laboured and frustrated and a different kind of physical grace emerges. This desire to move when the body is confined and petrified offers a corporeal expression of broader themes relating to stasis, stagnation, loss and futility in the face of irrevocable change. Epoxy oscillates between volatility and poise, smooth transparency and languid masking as a solitary, vulnerable performer comes to terms with his plastic anatomy, viscous environment and a genuine desire to move and progress within an inhibiting, petrified plastic shell.


Gavin Krastin in Epoxy (photo by Owen Murray)


Gavin Krastin in Epoxy (photo by Owen Murray)


Gavin Krastin in Epoxy (photo by Owen Murray)


Gavin Krastin in Epoxy (photo by Owen Murray)

Friday, 1 August 2014

#omnomnom (2014)





#omnomnom (2014)

2014 National Arts Festival, Grahamstown: Allan Webb Hall (Mother Cecile Memorial Hall). This project was made possible with funding from the National Arts Council of South Africa.

Created by Gavin Krastin

Performed by Gavin Krastin and Lauren Fletcher

Inspired by the milestone year 2014 was for South Africa as well as the performativity and kitsch visuals of birthday parties, anniversaries, celebratory customs, gluttonous festivities, Communions and the Last Supper, this live art experience critiques and explores notions of celebration and commemoration. Through clashing and subverting various eclectic dining and food-related ritual practices, questions are proposed and bodies provoked. In the work the historic Allan Webb Dining Hall becomes host to awkward, intimate and unconventional (un?)celebratory events in which audiences members are invited to participate. A visual and visceral work, #omnomnom provides audiences with a unique experience in that the artist’s body is mythologised and presented as meat and land for participating spectators to mark, exploit, colonise and devour.

Cue TV photomontage and interview produced by Michelle Avenant and Kayla Lidstone.

Cue TV clip and interview filmed and edited by Cindy Archillies and Dumisa Lengwati.


Original concept imagery and performance-for-camera (photo by Retha Ferguson)

Gavin Krastin and Lauren Fletcher in #omnomnom (photo by Sarah Schafer)

Gavin Krastin and participating audience members in #omnomnom (photo by Sarah Schafer)

Gavin Krastin #omnomnom (photo by Sarah Schafer)

Gavin Krastin in #omnomnom (photo by Sarah Schafer)

Gavin Krastin in #omnomnom (photo by Sarah Schafer)

Gavin Krastin in #omnomnom in Allan Webb Hall (photo by Sarah Schafer)