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Jason Carey-Sheppard
Rutgers University
Faculty Sponsor: Patrick Strzelec

As It Is Above So Is It Below, 2010
12 foot Ladder, garage door opener, chandelier, plywood, pine, 144"x 54"x 192"

Artist Statement

The story is simple: one part goes up or down, other parts follow. What is not simple is how materials carry their cultural entanglements. A ladder and a garage-door opener become an expression of power, with the goal of repeatedly dropping a chandelier on the floor. Will the chandelier break, or will the floor board crack? Maybe the whole apparatus will fall apart? The sculpture functions like a Rube Goldberg machine, except the goal has been forgotten in an event both humdrum and Sisyphean.