Cassils Review: Alchemic by Cassils, PICA

Arts Hub Feb 10, 2019

Your pupils have become insanely dilated but you still see nothing. The first thing you engage with is the breathing of Cassils, and then the familiar – fump fump – the one-two of a boxer’s action. You relax into the rhythm in blackness. Then pop. A photographer’s flash illuminates the room for an instant; Cassils is caught in boxing formation, fists pounding an obelisk of clay their height, the retinal burn freezing the moment.

Becoming an Image was first performed in Los Angeles at ONE Archives in 2012. The Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA) presented this work on 8 February as part of their exhibition Alchemic for the Perth Festival.

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