Conversations and observation, some bad behavior, a few books and an exhibition, spread over years were condensed into american deluxe. When asked I say that its about my relationship to violence, but I mean violence in a large sense: socio-political violence: as both escape and the means of return; the aesthetic violence: that makes the reflections in a mirror appear; the theological violence implied by the infinite reflections between any and all that allow me to explore me and find you, and nature and everything else. It’s those reflections, the mesmerizing beauty of their articulation that the work is about.
Bill Viola’s 1992 video/sound installation, “Slowly Turning Narrative” with its’ large revolving panel, and Robert Calasso’s 1998 book “Ka: Stories of the Mind and Gods of India”, both influenced the structure and subtext of american deluxe.
Cast & Credits
Concept and Construction: Dean Moss
Original Cast: Kacie Chang, Jason Marchant, Hiromi Naruse, Dean Moss
Score [sections 2-5]: Stephen Vitiello [score includes prerecorded
segments of music by Stephen Vitiello performed by guest musicians Paul Geluso, Rebecca Moore, Pauline Oliveros, Dean Sharp];
[section 1]: mixed: Dean Moss
music: “Streets of Laredo” sung by Marty Robbins; sounds from the films “Yojimbo” and “Fist Full of Dollars”; an interview between the artist and his brother Mike Moss.
Video: imagery from the films “Yojimbo” and “Fist Full of Dollars” by Akira Kurosawa and Sergio Leone; Homemovies: Harold Moss.
Props & Video Montage: Dean Moss
Lighting Design: David Fritz
Costumes: Gia Grosso and Dean Moss
Premiere venue: Smack Mellon Studios, Brooklyn
Notable venues: The Whitney Museum of American Art; P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center; FNB Vita Dance Umbrella Festival, Johannesburg, South Africa
Duration: 55 minutes