I once got in trouble for carving something in a school desk--a really expensive lab table.
This has got to be the best title I've seen for a piece in a good while. I love it precisely because it leaves so little to the imagination.
We are working to reconnect Houstonians to the region's native landscape.
Take a simple event: a man gets off a bus, trips, looks around in embarrassment, and sees a woman smiling. Describe this event, using the same characters and elements of setting, in five completely different ways.
Picture, then, a young, clean, able-bodied, black man posing with a cardboard sign on a street corner. You have seen this before. You have a word for it, “panhandler,” and the moment your brain applies that word to the person before you, you cease seeing because you are now blinded by your preconceived notions.
Beradino’s piece consists of a computer, a laser, a microphone, lights and cameras, two drones, and four surfaces covered with photo luminescent paint.
Other as Lover -- A figure lies on its side with something tethered to its neck. The figure takes deep, strained breaths as she struggles to stand. She is simultaneously inflating a heart-shaped balloon. The balloon flies off and lifts the figure who is choking as she's carried away by love.
You turn the key and enter. You feel uneasy, like you might be doing something wrong. You are grateful that the AC has been left on. You walk past the utility room into the breakfast nook and the kitchen spreads out before you. Maybe if you had a realtor with you...You keep the key and the invitation in your hand, just in case. Voyeurism by invitation.
Examples of some of my favorite, famous ekphrastic poems, alongside the visual works they draw upon.