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Loyola visual arts alumnus performs installation on campus

December 5, 2008

Loyola University New Orleans visual arts alumnus Butch Merigoni will present an original performance installation titled “1986” on Friday, Dec. 5, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., in the Peace Quad located in front of the Danna Student Center.

According to Merigoni, “1986” is a performance piece built around the construction and dismantling of a bullfighting ring.

“The bull, a symbol of virility, has been the object of great abuse throughout history. In the drama of the bullfight, the matador presents an illusion of power and control as he attacks an otherwise undefeatable animal,” said Merigoni. “Through this performance, the bull will struggle with this illusion as he creates the structures that contain, confine and eventually release him. Thus, the bull becomes a symbol of his own resurrection.”

Merigoni indicates that the performance represents his own struggle with the uncontrollable forces that took his father's life when he was young.

“Over the last 22 years, I have attempted to regain the loss of identity and self-worth that accompanied his death,” said Merigoni. “Dismantling the bullfighting ring provides an experience of letting go. Spreading the dirt inside the dismantled ring lays the ground for transformation as the love of my father is felt in my heart and the bull becomes fully embodied.”

The performance piece will be presented as part of the “Recursion” art exhibit currently taking place in the Danna Student Center Gallery. The exhibit features the works of five Loyola visual arts alumni who have returned to Loyola to create new installations and performance work around campus. The individuals participating in “Recursion” are Merigoni, Analia Saban, Anne Yalon, Brett Reif and Steve Quick.

For more information, contact Karoline Schleh, director of the Diboll Gallery and assistant professor of visual arts, at karolineschleh@gmail.com or call (504) 865-7248.

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