Concept/Painter - Charles Chace
Dancer - Ginger Wagg
Videography - Jesse Paddock
Mattress Power is an installation consisting of a custom three-walled room and eight mattresses subjected to a painting machine. The painter Charles Chace tries to paint 4 sets of mattresses while laying on slats atop the room, at the same time the dancer Ginger Wagg performs improvised movement underneath. The crudity of Chace’s application techniques, drilling and stabbing holes in paint cans; affixing a paintbrush to a 10’ stick; and pouring paint through baskets, collide with Wagg’s contingent, awkward motions. Besides paint, the mattresses and Wagg collect additional detritus such as tape and cut paper, that cumulatively restrict Wagg’s movements. Mattress Power demonstrates the in/animate struggle that confounds the intention of the painter. The painter cannot control the appearance of the mattresses while the dancer cannot control her changing environment.
Mattress Power was presented/screened at SPECTRE Arts in Durham, NC in August 2016 along with leftover artifacts including the custom room, 8 mattresses, and the dancer’s costume.