Decoy

Created by Sean Kelley-Pegg, January 2010.

As artists, most of us work day jobs to stay above water.  I wanted to capture a certain state of mind related to that. As a kid, my dad wore a suit to work, and I was always intrigued by the power it projected, while at the same time being repulsed by how a suit felt to wear.  Maybe I just never spent enough money on one.

Later, while developing the piece, I found I really wanted to resist a singular narrative ‘story,’ but each attempt at an edit just seemed to narrow things down to one interpretation.  I decided to take advantage of the delivery medium and present more than one.  Which edit you see is randomly chosen when you arrive at the site. Experience will vary among people.

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Sean Kelley-Pegg is a multimedia artist creating works which explore intimacy in the urban environment by mining the relationships between media, performance and site.  He is a co-founder of Skewed Visions.

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4 Comments

  1. Paula

    Posted on 23 Jan ’10 at 6:31 am

    Loved it! Intriguing, causing all sorts of office memories to rise up. Loved the pace; beautiful to look at! Leaving me wlots of thoughts about humans and how work has evolved for us. Nicely done.

  2. Ian

    Posted on 26 Jan ’10 at 9:59 pm

    I wish I didnt relate to this sense of dislocation so completely. I work in an arts non-profit, in the development department, and they require me basically to dress like a bank teller.I cannot escape the sense that Im in a costume, one which as you suggest here is quite flimsyinsubstantial.I LOVED the image of the feet withdrawing up out of frame into the legs of the suit. And really dug the creepy simplicity of the paper mask -though the one this character wears is I can guarantee a good deal more neutralless hostile than my own. I will be back to see what edit I get next. I like very much this randomized experience aspect, as well. Overall – the theme, the piece itself, the funding model for this project – I think its terrific. Ill be back during work hours to check these out.thanks!

  3. Creighton

    Posted on 26 Jan ’10 at 10:43 pm

    Inspiring work old friend!

  4. Megan Mayer

    Posted on 28 Jan ’10 at 7:04 am

    bravo! exquisite, haunting, tragic details: the way your feet slid back before standing and before i knew you were about to stand, the 365 DAYS OF SUMMER! train ad, how your masks eyes seemed to emote and change, the texture of knuckles and back of your hand against crumpled paper fabric, the expansive yet airless floor shots, the low angle of your face with rubiks cube in foreground, the dead fern leaves in the hallway. your performance is reminiscent of watching gorillas at the zoo; both are displaced animals.

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