Saturday, May 7, 2011
Home's Pun (I Wonder How the Old Folks Are at Home)
Video Installation. TV, VCR, VHS tape loop, wood, and steel.
Feeling homesick, I mailed my father my video camera, and asked him to record himself playing the guitar and singing one of his favorite songs: "I Wonder How the Old Folks Are at Home." I took the footage he mailed back to me and literally pulled the VHS tape out of the tape and made a physical loop out of it. The spinning wheel I cobbled together out of scrap, and think of it as an icon of the bygone appalachian culture that I grew up at the foot of. When the spinning wheel spins my father sings. It takes great concentration and finesse to see/hear him clearly through the distortions that occur while turning the spinning wheel.