Anthem: Big Sound/Big Silence
Tensions mount, load roaring engines scream, an indiscernible voice bellows from an announcer as a clandestine passenger waits for his self-inflicted rite-of-passage to manhood. King’s installation “Anthem: Big Sound/Big Silence” is the visual manifestation of the impotence faced by those searching for external validation. Here we see a video of a young man losing, almost before the demolition-derby begins.
The illuminated seat acts a sanctuary, reinforcing the physicality of his experience of damnation. The strewn concrete beer cans become vacillations of drunkenness and another attempt at representing loss, solidified moments, liquid frozen as a realization of time.
images courtesy of the artist