The Body of Bolts
by: Jim Mason, Maribeth Back, Peef, Josh, Dodger, Liam, Jen Clemente, Jon Sarriagarte, and others
but NOT Max Bunshaft, John Devenizia, Girlmark, Charlie Gadeken and other enemies of art . . . ;-)
How to Destroy the Universe Festival, Aug 6-7, 2004
A fire/ice/sound installation
involving a super-human-size body of ice held in suspended animation 10
feet above resonant sheets of amplified stainless steel. Frozen inside
the ice body was an assortment of nuts, bolts, pulleys, gears, sprockets
chains and other mechanical devices- debris which randomly fell out of
the ice onto the sufaces below as the body melted.
Unveiling and Destroying
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE by John DeVenezia
LOCAL MADMAN GOES BERSERK, ACHIEVES GREATNESS
BERKELEY In a performance art piece under the gun, JIMMY (THE CHAIN) MASON, of San Francisco, California achieved what local betters set as a long shot. With just two minutes to spare official art judges and timekeepers conferred with hipster-bookie Ryon Gesink and concluded that the art piece dubbed Melting Man achieved true art status before the Saturday Midnight deadline.
Sources state that Jims path to achieving this 2:1 longshot was beset by what could best be described as demons. Starting 48 hours before the deadline, these demons were of the standard internal and expected sort sloth, pride, and gluttony. As the deadline approached, however, the demons took on physical manifestations and smallish imps were observed flying about Jimmie the Chains head in the final 45 minutes of assembly and placement of the vaguely human shaped melting sculpture of ice cubes and metal parts. In addition to the tangible distractions, Mr. Mason was seen to be responding to auditory and visual hallucinations up to the point of swinging his trademarked chain in a narcissistic rage at the gathered crowd of volunteers, well-wishers, and art enthusiasts.
Upon horizontal erection of the icy creation which was suspended by his
fetishistic chains over a narrow alley at the Shipyard, James The
Torch Mason attacked his work with flamethrowers and a propane torch,
bringing about the natural conclusion of the work as fast as possible.
The Chain was observed celebrating his victory over timelines and demons with a ritualistic donning of cow blood and cavorting amongst a crowd swinging cows feet.
Jimmy the Chain has many other aliases and seems to be picking them at an ever-increasing pace. Charges against Jimmy the Chain Mason (AKA El Jeffe, Slumlord Jimmie and Cowfoot Karate Kid) for willful destruction of the Universe, assault with a deadly performance, and littering are still pending investigation. If observed please give this known artist congratulations and a wide berth.