The Stationary Climber is a vertical climbing track that rotates as I climb it, which rotates a drawing table on its axis in circles. As I climb the track, a drawing jig mirrors my up and down movements on the rotating drawing surface. Contained within the drawing jig is a marker, which is linked via cables to both my arms, so as I extend either arm it causes the marker to move. The performance lasts as long as I can endure, and ultimately creates a circular drawing.
Through real sweat the Stationary Climber depicts the struggle (mentally and physically) that artists undergo during the realization of art. Art about Art. The Stationary Climber is a Sisyphean tragedy for artists.
Made at Sculpture Space as a resident artist in 2006.