Sweat Lounge was first mounted in the North Gallery of Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts in November, 2010.
The entrance to the gallery is covered with a black curtain, eliminating any external light. Hanging in front of the curtain is a pink neon sign that reads, “Sweat Lounge”.
Inside, in the centre of the darkened gallery, is the open frame of a sweat lodge made from bent saplings.
On the floor of the lodge is a round textile piece made from worn Levis 501 jeans, felt and buttons. The jeans are stitched with men dancing and falling down the legs. Between the legs of the jeans larger male figures are drawn in black buttons on triangles of red felt. The centre of the piece is a radiating circle of black buttons on white felt.
The only light in the room comes from a rotating disco ball hanging inside the lodge. Sperm-like orbs of light float clockwise around the room, creating a dizzying effect. A large shadow of the lodge frame rises to the ceiling on one side of the gallery.
Music fills the room, a mix of disco, pop, rock, swing, soul, r & b, folk, jazz, electronica and world.
An artist statement is illuminated by a small lamp in a corner of the gallery near the entrance.
To view a short movie of Sweat Lounge click here .