Indeed, affinities between Jamie's work and the qualities of baseness and horizontality associated with formlessness
are the very subject of his Xerox book Bunka, 2012, which juxtaposes images of unfinished ceramic sculptures, overprinted word lists, and iPhone snapshots of stains left by urine and other fluids on Parisian sidewalks.
Judging from grumblings heard along the Rialto--and scattered walkouts at intermission--there may be many theatergoers who mistake the play's subtlety for aimlessness, its loose-jointed structure for formlessness
, its elliptical style for meaninglessness.
The new theater, he writes, "materialized these relations"; it "bestowed human spape on the formlessness
money values were introducing into exchange.
De-Feo's little-known photocopies of paper tissues from 1989, also on view in this show, are fluctuating, amorphous transmissions that reflect and exalt the everyday, compressing fetish into formlessness
without losing a sense of the three-dimensional.
The show's seven versatile and uniformly gifted performers switch back and forth between stories with breathtaking speed and fluidity; "devised" by the actors and choreographed with clockwork grace, the production eloquently echoes the formlessness
and randomness of memory, as one scene dovetails surreally into the next, and fragments of related narratives cling to the fringes of the basic storylines.
Every work carries a title that connotes the concern with namelessness and formlessness
we associate with certain oriental teachings: "Along the Way," "The Forming of Nameless," "Naming" echo Taoist themes.
And yet, such formlessness
is often calcified into image or thing or commodity.
based actors largely rooted in past San Francisco theater work, "The Gold Cup" has both the quirky appeal and quasi-improvised formlessness
of a legit ensembler like "The Time of Your Life," "Bus Stop" or "Balm in Gilead," though it manages to avoid outright staginess.
Critics have emphasized the abject aspect of Stahl's works, their formlessness
, their appearance of moistness.
The role of Matt is more problematic; his relatively formlessness
creates a void that dominates too much in the middle-going.
Figuration and formlessness
are not stitched together, but rather emerge from the same material.
As soon as Dali whizzes in the door and begins spitting out predictably obscure and grandiose pronouncements, Obolensky's play begins to melt into formlessness
like Dali's famously liquid watches, dissipating into puddles of confused talk.
The tensions between these materials--of density and lightness, formlessness
and structure--will surely strike the dramatic balance for which Black's compositions are so well known.
But even fans may find its formlessness
and attenuated length rough sledding after a while, despite the dynamism of numerous live-performance sequences.
One finds this formlessness
even in Di Meo's figuration.