MINI GOLF – a social practice: H#5
Jess Perlitz: Pipe Rainbow
This hole is a Pipe Rainbow. A Pipe Rainbow could be an improvised explosive device. But instead, this one is a symbol. Let’s talk about our formation and use of symbols – the actual symbolic mechanism. In distilled moments like this situation, when rubble becomes precious and mini-golf suspends reality, our use of the symbolic gives us a way to talk about what we want. For example, as you crouch under that rainbow to putt, the utopian ideals permeating discussions of urban development and art-as-social- practice can be considered. This pipe rainbow also provides a path for your golf ball.
- This is a par-3 hole (minus the frustration)
- Pipe Rainbow is a pipe dream of getting past the tube.
- Try using your putter like a pool cue!
- Once the ball is in the tube, pull the leaver to release your ball.
Jess Perlitz is a Canadian artist currently working in Philadelphia, PA. She received her MFA from Tyler School of Art (2009) and her BA from Bard College (2000). Jess has exhibited at venues such as Tiger Strikes Asteroid (Philadelphia, PA), Arlington Arts Center (Arlington, VA), Cue Arts Foundation (NY, NY) and the Canadian Sculpture Centre (Toronto, Ontario). She has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Award, Socrates Sculpture Park Emerging Artist Fellowship and the Franconia Sculpture Park Open Studio Residency. Jess was most recently a participant in Community of Community at the Queens Museum in NY. Whether it’s through sculptures that function like absurd weapons or performative inventions like rotating slowly as a disco lump, Jess’ work has always been focused on cultivating engagement and within that, considering voice. She currently teaches at Tyler School of Art at Temple University and Arcadia University in Philadelphia.