This work is deeply personal. In the weeks before this performance was filmed it had become clear that my wife and I would soon be divorced. The Standing Box depicts the two of us standing separate, naked, in time, in a box constructed of crude available wood. These recorded moments immediately precede our last days together and subsequent estrangement. Over time I've considered various bodies standing separate. One example is Hans Memling’s Adam and Eve oil on oak (1485). Another is Robert Morris' "Box for Standing". These works construct an object and/or instruction to the idea of separation and estrangement. This idea is the spirit of the work and questions the limits of separation between art and life. (statement revision October 2013)

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