Frank Pietronigro

Frank Pietronigro

 

“Documents”

 

To start the action I get down on my knees and begin salting the floor with continuous lines of text. The work is based on negative signifiers which have been applied to gay men throughout the ages. I will ask the “audience’s” help in creating negative terms that they have been called. I use stencils to structure the words. Such textural “documents” are structured not only into the “support” but also into language, thus reinforcing homophobia. My intention is for the audience to confront a dilemma in breaking a taboo by actually walking on the artwork. By so doing, their trace through the space supports the action and their footprints, documented in the salt, serve to support the recuperation.

 

As a painter I prepare this unique canvas, so to speak, as salted text on the floor. It is, however, the path of the viewer – be it conscious or unconscious – which serves as the paintbrush, democratically contributing to the ongoing development of the composition. It is my intention that the dissipation of the work’s structure serves as a metaphor for the deconstruction of homophobia. The use value of the work is as a ritual of affirmation in places of communal transition.