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image by Charlie Levin & Meghan Strells

Body of Work
ORDER=ROPE=CHAOS

January, 1999
Full Moon Vaudeville
MCA (Museum of Contemporary Art), Chicago

Different gauges of rope make visible ways we spin out our lives and how one person's path affects the shape of another's.

A single thread weaves a path, marks the journey and grows into a complex structure - beautiful, even as it trips and tangles.

2 inch rope calmly wraps itself around a person as she rolls along, weighing her down at each turn, constricting her breath until it is almost impossible for her to continue, though (with determination) she does.

1/2 inch rope provides a rappelling structure which supports and guides a person easily through the air until she gets caught in the web of thread below. Struggling, she pulls herself up, stretching the web vertically into an enormous network that fills the entire volume of the playing space.

Credits [ bios ]

CREATED BY
Charlie Levin
Meghan Strell

PERFORMER/COLLABORATORS
Meghan Strell
Charlie Levin
Jennifer Onopa

ACCOMPANIED BY
original live viola music composed by
Michael Zerang
and performed by
Shelley Weiss