slowthrower | "Chrysalis" parts I & II | nightshop | bloomington, il | october 17, 2018 | with Chris Albert & Ryan Paluczak
jars (dangles) dances to music by ryan p ~ performed live during an exhibition by a.j. art slut at ramp-arts gallery in blono, illinois on august 03, 2018. music by ryan paluczak, video captured by jeremy langston
a performance by myself and emily lehman ~ performed in the dying grass in front of the center for performing arts at illinois state university ~ god bless the grass that grows thru the crack. they roll the concrete over it to try and keep it back. the concrete gets tired of what it has to do, it breaks and it buckles and the grass grows thru, and god bless the grass. god bless the truth that fights toward the sun, they roll the lies over it and think that it is done. it moves through the ground and reaches for the air, and after a while it is growing everywhere, and god bless the grass. -melvina reynolds
god bless the grass that grows thru the crack.
they roll the concrete over it to try and keep it back.
the concrete gets tired of what it has to do,
it breaks and it buckles and the grass grows thru,
and god bless the grass.
god bless the truth that fights toward the sun,
they roll the lies over it and think that it is done.
it moves through the ground and reaches for the air,
and after a while it is growing everywhere,
and god bless the grass.
https://joshtroach.itch.io/home a (corrupted) playthrough of hOme... guide a thing as you attempt to find placement (and identity) in space
In this performance, (entitled glitterbug) I dressed up as a glitterbug and made little creature-things to place on shelves. These creature-things were made out of rudamentery materials, such as paper-clay, water based paint, sequins and glitter. I had a helper get people to make drawings of “bug-alien creatures” which were then placed to the side of this character. The character would then look at these drawings occassionally, which they used as inspiration for making the creature-things. This performance took place over the entire two-hour student annual opening.
"Making It!" is a live performance by myself and Emily Lehman, with sound by Ryan Paluczak and Grag Sullo. Two unicorns attempt to make a cake, two other unicorns play some sounds. This performance was done at University Galleries in Normal, IL in 2017. Whitney Johnson is in the oven.
this is a video game that i made where you walk around and interact with things.
(2018) - ~little jig~ musac = low pitched electric bell blanket by buckethead
(2018) - This piece consists of two parts: a star bedazzled paper-bag sculpture with a peephole on the top, and this continuously looping video animation. The dancing of the main character is based off of the strut by the character Dawn Davenport (played by Divine) from John Water's film "Female Trouble." The music is "The Sound of Violence" (slowed down) by Cassius, "When You Coming Out" by Dinosaur Feathers, and "Pretty Woman" by Roy Orbison.
This is a video of some of the work I created while attending the VCU Summer Studio Program in 2015. There are 5 pieces here: one video and four sculptures. One sculpture was kinetic, another one had a sound component. In creating this work, I was most interested capturing these moments between humor(or absurdity)/sadness and deliciousness(or indulgence)/disgust.
This video is a strange and creepy pseudo pornography with weird imagery and nudity.
This is documentation of a performance piece I did in July 2015 at VCUSSP. There are three main components; one is a sculptural nightlight/lube dispensary made primarily of toilet paper and sugar, one is a video piece (Meat-eater) of someone eating meat both sexually and as a kind of spiritual experience, the last is myself masturbating a fake tentacle-penis while masked in a bondage/executioner hood made of pajama pants and handcuffed in red mittens.
This is a video piece that I created that was part of a performance piece I did entitled "Pajama Pants and Nightlight." The video was displayed on a wall opposite myself, while across the room I was performing in a costume looking at a slightly different version of this video on my phone.
Flamingo, Puppyhood, Zippers, Frog Slippers, Gay Aliens, Betty Boop, Smiles, Semi-Nudity, Pinning, Cuddling, and a Blinking Buffalo Heart. This is a performance that I did as part of my spring 2017 MFA review.
(2017) - Two unicorns wash upon a deserted island, and quickly the whole thing becomes a chaotic, awkward mess. This collaborative piece was created by myself and Emily Lehman.
(2017) - a beating heart, a rhythmic breathing, an anxious suffocation, a comforting warmth, an absolute love. I completed this video using some characters and objects that I had created for a performance piece that I did (Frog Slippers and my Buffalo Heart). I'd say this is an offshoot/borderline continuation of that performance. The melding of characters, bodies, and a relationship is the crux of this video, with the juxtaposition of imagery creating a surreal puzzle that slips in and out of coherence.