Pretty funny, and it turns out the climber is actually a serious performance artist, sculptor, and metal fabricator named Abe Ferraro. He was climbing a gallery wall in this bit. In another piece, at the Sculpture Space in Utica, New York, in 2006, Ferraro worked out on a Stationary Climber while connected to a jig that mirrored his movements and created drawings. "Contained within the drawing jig is a marker, which is linked via cables to both my arms, so as I extend either arm it causes the marker to move," Ferraro wrote. "The performance lasts as long as I can endure or a roughly predetermined time limit.... Through real sweat the Stationary Climber depicts the struggle (mentally and physically) that artists undergo during the realization of art."
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Posted by Dougald MacDonald at 11:48 AM