"Play Ball,"2009, mixed media installation: baseball backstop cloth printed with a map of the Middle East, oil drum, Astro-turf, wooden Louisville Slugger "Grand Slam" baseball bats wood-burned with images of military equipment (i.e. apache helicopter & F-14,) Double Bubble chewing gum, baseball tee, baseballs printed with images of military equipment and various individual Middle Eastern countries, baseball bat rack, plastic pail for baseballs, green glass Coca Cola bottle and a wood bench. Dimensions: variable, 12'L X 12'W X 15'H.
"Play Ball," 2008, 2009, mixed media installation (Details,)
A viewer participant swings a bat at a ball sitting on a tee, sending it careening into the backstop cloth, missing the Middle East map target he was aiming to hit,completely knocking over the tee and sending the wayward ball off the map! This is perhaps metaphor and an unexpected outcome for the participant who had prepared to have his delivery system (the Apache helicopter on the bat) deliver a weapon (the bomb) to a particular country; but as often happens in life, things don't always go as planned... Is there a law of unintended consequences somewhere? Something to think about.