C R U C I B L E

A Site-Specific Installation by Nanette Yannuzzi, Sarah Schuster, and Gregory Little

Context:

"Your Ticket to Hell"
An afterlife view of site-specific installations created for Cleveland Public Theatre's Pandemonium II: The Divine Comedy Annual Gala Benefit Evening.
curated by Kristin Bly-Rogers
September 19-20th :: 5-8 pm. :: Cleveland Public Theatre

Artist's Statement:

The theme of Dante's Divine Comedy, and the burnt- out, old parish house for the abandoned Romanian-Orthodox church at Gordon Square in Cleveland, inspired this collaboration between artists Nanette Yannuzzi-Macias, Sarah Schuster and Gregory Little. The installation, titled “ Crucible” is about Dante’s “Inferno” and the theme of transformation that is recurrent in this work. The artists are playing with the transformation of refuse into art, matter into spirit, hopelessness into hope, stasis into action. Viewers will look into the installation space through a broken window that reveals a huge gaping hole in the floor of the main room surrounded by charred walls burned to the brick from a fire that nearly gutted the old building. Everything used in the installation was found in the space. There were a pile of old wooden ladders that were left in the building that were missing rungs and rickety. They immediately inspired the feeling of hope and of despair. The artists chose to play with this by arranging them throughout t he space in ways that create possibilities but do not serve any function. They hang from the ceiling or rise out of the cellar through the beams of the floor, and poke through the hole. They move up and down leading nowhere creating a sense of hope and of despair.

Projected onto this canvas is a 3d computer animation by Gregory Little, of three pieces of text taken from Dante's 'Inferno'. As the texts twist and turn in the space it moves from being legible to fragmenting into specs of light that are reminiscent of the night sky. Two of the chosen texts are about transformation and the third says: "The hottest spot in hell is reserved for those individuals, who in times of moral crisis, choose to remain neutral." For the artists these simple elements resonate with our current political climate.