Prior to the opening of the show, the Damage interactive website will allow visitors to mark a spot to be damaged on a virtual map of the gallery and to submit a message, poem, story or other text relating to the concept of damage. Based on the submissions, RAY will inflict physical damage points on the actual wall space which will generate the pattern for a large-scale wall drawing. RAY will execute the wall drawing April 1 – 7 and the gallery will be open to the public while she works.
The collected damage messages will inform an audio environment designed by RAY and Brooklyn-based band My Best Fiend. A video piece relating to the installation co-produced by RAY and music video director Robin Antiga will be screened as well. RAY will also present a series of studies for the wall drawing as part of the exhibition.
Damage builds on RAY’s previous work in which she utilized observed actions of urban pedestrians and street traffic as public space pattern generators for drawings. As action-at-a-distance turns into something real, the participants will become materially connected to the interior space. The roughed-up wall surface, painted paths and acoustic triggers will translate the participants’ web experience of clicking and typing into a tactile, located experience. The inclusion of the public as well as a production team for the web, audio, and video components of the exhibition reflects Ray’s process of working collaboratively, which is an important element of her practice.