LOSING SOMETHING YOU NEVER HAD.
[INSTALLATION - performance / sculpture/ video/ print/ photographs]
UNRESOLVED METAPHOR I
The second branch of a tree removed, a page from the flight log documenting the loss of the backend crew enlarged to the point of the loss of details, and a wooden camel given by Richard C. Hunt to his family from his travels overseas; said object was missing a leg when received as a gift by his nephew that he would never meet. The leg was subsequently replaced by the nephew’s paternal grandfather, a WWII veteran of the Pacific War. The vessels attached to the camel have been filled with water from the Pacific Ocean.
UNTITLED NON-MEMORIAL I
Every photo that a sister possesses of her brother.
UNTITLED NON-MEMORIAL II
A 35mm slide taken by Richard C. Hunt in 1966 at age 23, placed in the 66th slot of a slide carousel and timed to appear once every 23 minutes.
UNTITLED NON-MEMORIAL III
A 7 inch candle left in a determined location to be chewed down by mice, placed upon a piece of acrylic with the image of the Scarborough Shoal engraved into it.
UNTITLED NON-MEMORIAL IV
A book entitled Dead Man’s Shoes by Richard Hunt
UNTITLED NON-MEMORIAL V
The exact location of the bail out into the South China Sea of 4 air crewmen as depicted by entering the longitudinal and latitudinal coordinates into Google maps. The printed image is in 1:1 scale with the height cropped at the approximate average space one’s arms cover while treading water for an individual with an 18” shoulder width.
UNTITLED NON-MEMORIAL VI
An email rejecting the request to include the names of 4 air crewmen on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and the document recommending the addition of the names of 4 air crewmen etched in glass.
UNTITLED NON-MEMORIAL VII
A DVD entitled Vietnam Adventures by Richard Hunt
UNTITLED NON-MEMORIAL VIII
An article from the local newspaper detailing the loss at sea of Richard C. Hunt enlarged to 10x its original size, and then used as a semi-supporting structure inside his Navy issued pea coat.
UNTITLED NON-MEMORIAL IX
A rug covered with sugar spheres, typically used in the delivery of pharmaceuticals, by tossing two handfulls into the air. From the random arrangement of the spheres the constellations in the sky above the South China Sea at the date and time of the loss of the 4 air crewmen are identified, all of the other spheres are removed.
UNTITLED NON-MEMORIAL X
The missing flight code used to prove the qualification for inclusion of the 4 air crewmen on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Type handset and printed via letterpress.
UNTITLED NON-MEMORIAL XI
A print by the artist Richard Hunt
UNTITLED NON-MEMORIAL XII
Pages from the incident report detailing the loss of 4 air crewmen enlarged and reproduced in adhesive vinyl, applied directly to the wall.
UNTITLED NON-MEMORIAL XIII
A broken typewriter belonging to Richard C. Hunt used to retype the letter received by his family detailing his awarded medals.