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Status

2009

Performance leading to Installation

This work is a commentary on the treatment of shoes as a status symbol, determined by a variety of factors involving cultural identity, including class and gender. The reduction of the shoes to an outline while presenting only the information that the shoes are meant to symbolize plays with notion in a literal sense, pointing out that the use-value of a shoe extends beyond the need to protect the feet. My actions are also related to this commentary, with my pacing in intentionally uncomfortable shoes that will harm my feet functioning as a painful reminder of the concepts I present through this work. The work took place over three evenings of the "Politics of Shoes" event at the Mobius Altnerative Arts Space for three hours each night. These images are photo documenation from these evenings.

 

El Putnam "Status" installation : The Politics of Shoes @mobius from MobiusArtistsGroup on Vimeo.

 
 
     
   
     
  Photo by David Chin  
     
 

 
     
  Photo by David Chin  
     
 
 
     
 

 

 
     
   
     

 

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