Surprise

Years Completed: 2002-2003
Dimensions: Variable
Media: Compressed air, electronic and pneumatic components, party horns

Network of paper party horns blow out, extending for a split second and then recoil. This piece is programmed with a random sequence timer, repeating the event cycle every 10-20 seconds. Commonplace elements connect us to these situations that I produce–we know these things, we know their use–yet they surprise us, catch us unaware. The body is replaced by compressed air tank, mechanized emotion. Surprise and then exasperation as the horns gasp for air and release.