Love Stories, Part 3
(co-pilots and trajectories)
Visions of a Quasi-Expatriate
Love Stories, Part 2
Handle Like Eggs
Mixed media digital video installation
Love Stories, Part 3 is the third installment in the series, Love Stories, a narrative and metaphorical investigation into human relationships. In this variant on the love story, two astronauts play the main characters in a parable of exhilarating and sustained love.
The main feature of this installation is a four and a half minute looping digital video that tracks the astronauts from training, to launch (exhilarating blast off) to orbit (sustained trajectory). The video revolves around a suite of etchings and monotypes filmed as still images. The prints are intercut and layered with found footage from space travel films, both fictional and educational.
The projection space doubles as a movie theater and a launch platform, with red velvet theater seats mounted on a tread plate riser. A live, costumed usher, standing at the entrance to the installation during the opening of the exhibition conferred certificates of achievement to viewers granting them "co-pilot" status.
Love Stories, Part 3, the video. Electronic music by Dan Kelley.