In Love on an Escalator, Antonia Wright and Ruben Millares, kiss in public. In the work, one sees the audience encounter the artists; they comment, laugh, look, don’t look, look away uncomfortably, and look again. In this on-going project, the simple repeated gesture of the kiss tests the rules of social conduct. In a society flooded with sexuality and sexual imagery, why does a kiss challenge? This intimacy is too intimate live.
The kiss is a minimalist performance that explores the connection between art and the ordinary to create something extraordinary. By kissing in places such as a boat show, Wright and Millares change the landscape of normal consumer culture. Their bodies, entwined, become a sculptural intervention, playfully disrupting the shopper’s course. There is an element of chance in the performances, as one never knows what the reaction of the public will be.