Salo: May Day the performance and installation, was a collective showing of 2011 works under the umbrella of my Salo Series.
The title derived from the film, Salo: 120 Days of Sodom by Italian director, Pier Paolo Pasolini, deals with corrupted reality that is power. Salo investigates the violence and objectification of that power. The word (salo) also refers to the Hungarian word for high-fat percent meats: bacon, fat backs, etc. This dichotomy of the word, gave great imagery and content to work from. Pasolini delivers the same insight into the weight of consciousness and awareness of a violent reality that my current work seeks to understand.
In this performance I remembered and paid tribute to the 41st anniversary of the Kent State University massacre in Ohio of 1970. Reciting the historical event along with names and dates of the victims. I blindly swung, in violence, into a hanging garbage bag pinata full of red paint. As the object took blow after blow, bleeding red paint, It hung from the ceiling as a blood red residue of my initial violence. This reality, even if thousands of miles away is violent. It is not the physical aspect that Salo deals with, in my definition; it is the psychological scarring and weight of awareness to those horrific and violent events.