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Cheryl Dunn: Licking the Bowl

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In 2002, while a resident at the Ohio State University’s Wexner Center for the Arts, filmmaker and photographer Cheryl Dunn documented Free Basin, a sculptural project created by the multidisciplinary art collective Simparch. Free Basin was a large elevated, kidney-shaped skate bowl that was fully accessible to skaters in the community to use during gallery hours. Dunn’s fifteen-minute film Licking the Bowl captures the energy of Free Basin using lyrical passages of skaters in motion punctuated with interviews and stark black and white still photographs.

Licking the Bowl

Image caption: Cheryl Dunn, film still from Licking the Bowl, 2002, Courtesy of the artist

Licking the Bowl