|Kim Radatz, "I Am"|
The "I Am" installation, by Kim Radatz, who's been reviewed on AT several times [Link], [Link], (and more) was of a conceptual nature, prompting the viewer to ponder the question of identity. In the enclosure, there were narrow, long vertical mirrors in which one would see themselves, though not fully, which I suspect was by design. I think the space could have used a bit more light.
|Kim Radatz, "I Am"|
Towards the back were round plastic or glass covered disks with "I Am" sayings, things like I am beautiful...I am fat...I am my mother...and all other things we pin on ourselves or others pin on us. There were so many of them, and they related to things we've said or thought of ourselves, others, and/or heard others say about themselves. Qualifiers, adjectives put-downs, ego-ballooning statements, you name it.
After emerging from that intimate confrontation with the many aspects of the self, around the side of the Pod, and there was a table full of T-shirts with the words "I Am" then a line below where one would write what they wanted. The idea was to wear it during the rest of First Night. And before they walked away, Kim took a photograph of them (and me). They can be seen here [Link].
|The T-Shirt table, @ "I Am"|
On the right is a photograph of people writing on the "I Am" line. There was a suggested $5 donation per shirt to help Kim offset the cost of the shirts. I did this, too. Thinking about the process, I realize that we fill in that line. Our identity is ultimately up to each of us (within reason, of course). We are not one thing, nor condemned to be one, either. There is a wide variety of signifiers and roles for each of us. Be what you want to be. It's up to you.
Kim brought a moving, empowering experience and process to her installation.
Sara Mc Clarnon came to my attention last year with a very good small sculpture shown at the Morean Arts Center [Link], where she is listed as a Hot Shop retail sales associate. On her website, Sara is listed as being a recent BA grad from Eckerd College in Art with minors in Math and Italian.
|Sarah Mc Clarnon, "Wave". (Helpful volunteer modeling).|
|Blue Lucy's Pods Installation|
|Zen Glass Pods installation|
There were so many great performances and fun things to do at First Night...I want to emphasize how fun and diverse it was Thousands of people had a wonderful time. I want to thank First Night and the Pods people for putting on a memorable New Years'.
|Dundu Dole Dancers at Museum of Fine Arts|