WORLD’S GREATEST MOTHER , 2013, (dimensions variable) Mixed media, antique chair, found objects, storybooks, wood, yarn, motorized spool. Fascinated with television from an early age, some of my earliest memories are of sitting in front of a television very much like this one. This piece plays with the idea of watching, gathering, and disseminating information. An image given to me by the writer Harlan Ellison of “The Glass Teat,” in which he describes television as a mother figure for the world.
(run time :54) Excerpt of a performance and installation at the New Bedford Art Museum, New Bedford, MA
(run time 7:20) An early performance piece by Richard Goulis performed at the original Alias Stage theater space at Riverside Mills in 1985.
In this durational piece, the artist’s head and hands were encased in blocks of plaster. The performer was then placed in a recliner chair after the plaster had set and the molds removed. After twelve hours, workers removed the plaster blocks.
(run time 3:07) September 11 Show: Black Box Theater, 2015
RICHARD GOULIS, Directed by KATE LOHMAN, 2013
This was the result of a two week residency at AS220’s Black Box Theater, 95 Empire St., Providence, RI.
“YOU ARE HERE NOW” is about having an experience rather than witnessing a beginning, middle and end of something. Through the use of props, objects and colorful characters it weaves an unpredictable experience that will surprise, inspire, delight, and amuse you. You will witness some things for the first time as they happen. (Look out, it might be good that they don’t happen ever again). It all serves to remind us that we are here now.