Video

2010 Job Creation in a Bad Economy

by Ruben Millares & Antonia Wright
View Statement '1, 2, 3, go!' the artists start to run, slam into walls, books explode everywhere, their bodies fly across the floor, and in the end both are affected and in need of rebuilding. Job Creation in a Bad Economy, a new video series by the collaboration of Ruben Millares and Antonia Wright, is a playful commentary on the somber issue of the devaluation of the arts and education in our society. Increased budget cuts in schools, libraries, and arts programs in general, leave the country not only underfunded, but sluggish and apathetic. With the extreme action of tearing down these bookshelves, the artists physically and metaphorically tackle the bureaucracy and walls that uphold these systems. In each video, the artists crash over and over again through the piles of books, leaving the viewer feeling sympathy for Millares and Wright, yet laughing at the ridiculousness of the situation. After the fall, someone has to pick up the mess. Who will it be?

2012 Love on an Escalator

by Ruben Millares & Antonia Wright
View Statement 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. Why do kids stare? Adult women sneer? Men high five? And in some situations, no one looks at all. The artists stand; staking their place in the world, ignoring judgment, and declaring love. In a society flooded with sexuality and sexual imagery, why does an innocent kiss cause such confusion? What is this act challenging? 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, with an act of love. There is an element of chance in the performances, as one never knows what the reaction of the public will be.

2011 Kissing Project

by Ruben Millares & Antonia Wright
View Statement We kiss in public in different cities. They walk around us, 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. Why do kids stare? Adult women sneer? Men high five? And in some situations, no one looks at all. We stand; staking our place in the world, ignoring judgment, and declaring love. In a society flooded with sexuality and sexual imagery, why does an innocent kiss cause such confusion? What is this act challenging? This intimacy is too intimate live.

In the spirit of Fluxus, this video employs the kiss to highlight the accessibility of art in every moment. The kiss is a minimalist performance that explores the connection between art and the ordinary to create something extraordinary. Allen Revich, said Fluxus "makes the mundane magical". By kissing in places such as the mall, we change the landscape of normal consumer culture. Our bodies, entwined, become a sculptural intervention, playfully disrupting the shopper's course, with an act of love. There is an element of chance in the performances, as one never knows what the reaction of the public will be.

2012 I Carry Your Heart in Mine

by Ruben Millares & Antonia Wright

2010 Happy Stomach

by Ruben Millares & Antonia Wright
View Statement If I am floating in a pool and you run, jump, and do a big splashy cannonball, I'll get water in my mouth. That is the way the world works. We affect each other. It's a lovely complicated wet mess.

2010 A Great Disorder is an Order 3

View Statement The mobile in this video is perfectly weighted to create the effect of floating, a delicate component which would disappear with the most minor change. It appears fragile, mirroring (or highlighting) the delicate balance between man and nature. Even small decisions and mistakes can have drastic effects on the world around us. By using personal metal hangers, consumed shell fish and leftover construction materials that would otherwise be discarded, I bring human excess back to productive means. The mobile moves in concentric circular patterns at the mercy of the water creating new and recycled energy from waste. By presenting man-made materials in harmony with natural ones, we begin to see how man tries to create the beauty inherent in the natural world. Can it be done? Can we surpass the natural? Or is it the balance that is ultimately more important?
The audio component is intended to remove us from our natural environment and immerse us in a foreign yet familiar place.