see more

Drinks on Me, Spinello Projects, Miami, FL 2012

An explosive visual study of the interaction between two people, multidisciplinary artist Antonia Wright and Ruben Millares present Drinks On Me. Within a contained, four-walled painted space, the artists relentlessly throw wine and ink-filled balloons at each other while engaging in dynamic movement. Their playful demeanor set to a dreamy, Baroque-like piano soundtrack is a curious offset to their violent actions. Is this a confrontation? A game? Both?

In the spirit of trailblazing performance artists such as Yoko Ono, Carolee Schneemann, Paul McCarthy, and Joseph Beuys, Wright and Millares utilize messy, visceral objects and impulse responses as the imaginative fuel of their live aesthetic experiment. Within the gallery, Spinello Projects provides the artists with an enclosed installation room that they have transformed into a cave. In a trance-like ritual, the artists will launch balloons at one another; as they burst, one infuses the other with creative energy. The surrounding walls will be lined with peep holes, granting the viewer a fish-eye perspective from the outside in, travelling into this buried world. Accompanying the performance will be an original piano score by Manny Millares, Ruben Millares’ father.