On Tuesday I assisted Holly Bass in her performance “Pristine” at Hamiltonian for the “Spotless” exhibit. I took on the role of an intern, an assistant, channelled the energy of a laborer; everything I did was for Holly and what she envisioned. As I sorted through the rocks for four hours to find the most pristine, people walked in and asked, where’s Holly? I said she’ll be back soon and continued with my work. “But if you have any questions, feel free to ask me.” For four hours I sorted, while Holly went to meet with people, having drinks, getting her nails done and occasionally checking in on me, giving me words of encouragement and direction. In the end Holly presented the one rock, carefully placing it to display as she got her photograph taken. Previously, I worked with Holly in “Girls in White Dresses.” She’s a pleasure and a visionary, as a colleague and a friend. Before we began, she told me about her experience working with Kathryn Cornelius in Save The Date.
"The performance is fake, but the feelings are real."
I’ll have more to say on my humbling experience, the interactions I had and the feelings I went through in those four hours in a future blog post. Also, professional photos of the work to come..