As a young boy the artist had vivid memories of his neighbour walking on his hands from one end of his expansive yard to the other. He was mesmerized and impressed by this display of physical mastery and endurance as the neighborhood kids cheered him on. In elementary school the artist was involved in gymnastics and was chosen to demonstrate a handstand for the physical education bulletin board outside the gymnasium. The gym teacher captured his handstand in profile using a Polaroid camera. It depicted the slight bend in his back and street clothes consisting of untucked shirttails and black hightop Reeboks with dangling purple laces. Now as an adult the artist continues to demonstrate his balancing abilities in his yoga practice. The yoga pose Adho Mukha Vrksasana, better known as Handstand, is an epic feat of strength, grace, courage, and beauty and is very difficult to master.
These pieces ultimately represents the artist's precarious artistic and emotional journey into an uncharted chapter of his life. Traveling from point A to point B can be a defining journey full of ‘handstand’ moments in which we attempt great feats of strength where we find harmony, instability or both.
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