The Great Quentini- Performance Artist
Playfulness, Respect, Honesty and Hope
My art springs from that same playful part of
myself that compels me to build sand castles on a beach. Art world
angst, which I've always found alienating, is neither my approach
nor my goal. Ephemeral art made from
readily available materials, improvised music on homemade instruments,
and spectacles of buffoonery in the
service of magical transformation are my goals.
I am constructing an alternate reality the way a small
boy builds a model train layout. I reuse cast-off wood, plastic,
metal and rubber junk and glue it all together using instructions
from inner sources, a reflection of natural form, and a homage to
I don't seek to replicate reality but rather to create
a real emotional sense through gesture.
I observe the human condition and report back my findings.
These reports take the form of expressive vignettes and autobiographical stories from my life. For convenience I
have come to call what I do, Performance
Art. A ten year old boy viewing my performance put it this way,
"Don't be afraid, he's just a sacred clown"
Clowning, theater, poetic writing, animal noises,
techno-primitive costumes, and improvised music, are elements that
I use --but I blur the boundaries and exist across boundaries. My
work is an opportunity to expand the possibility of what is possible
rather than a continuation of a venerable tradition.
I make good-natured art based on my varied interests:
philosophy, science, religion, myth, culture, how the brain works,
film, primitive art, evolution, drugs, sex, and technological change.
The world is full to the brim with greed, fear, hatred and avarice
- I don't want to add to that. My message is, "Do what you
love to the fullest , trust yourself, honor life and Laugh, its
good for you."
a.k.a. The Great Quentini
New in 2009 is the Robot. Click here to watch a video clip of Plastic Robot in action.
2008 | Firebird Festival
2008 | Gate to Moonbase Alpha at the Rotunda
Photos by Deborah Boardman