CREATED and PERFORMED BY Andrew Ondrejcak
PERFORMED AS part of QUINTET, five new performances curated by Robert Wilson
PERFORMED AT the Guggenheim Museum / Works and Process
DURATION OF PERFORMANCE: 27 minutes
DURATION OF VIDEO: 10 minutes (the final 10 minutes of the performance)
Leading up to the death of his father in 2010, Ondrejcak devised Veneration #1: The Young Heir Takes Possession of The Master's Effects, in which he isolates and observes the body's process of physical weakening (and eventual failure) by performing a repeated sequence of actions used in athletic training. Ondrejcak will alternate running at maximum speed with lifting handmade glass dumbbells, until the body fails. The action takes place behind a two-way mirror; the audience can see the action while Ondrejcak can only see his reflection as his body adjusts to the tasks. Markings on the mirror correspond to the proportions of an idealized man, at once nodding towards and challenging the notion of a contemporary Vitruvian Man. His breath is amplified and imposed upon a recording of Ondrejcak playing a baroque minuet on the harpsichord.