Perkins’ Piano Pics
Posted by thomas-cummins on 29 Jul 2009 at 02:38 am | Tagged as: celebrations, in yo face, performance art, r.i.p., renegade performances
- Raul throwing the metal end of a sledge hammer.
“ and Skye Cosby will be destroying a historic piano upon which music legends such as Sam Cooke have played. The piano was a gift from the late artist Reverend Seymour Perkins’ family to commemorate his artistic career and legacy. Perkins and Castellanos collaborated extensively for the last 2 years of Perkins’ life. Afterwards, Castellanos will build a wall sculpture out of the piano pieces…” -Raul’s MySpace
- Perkins house view West towards the Tower, Alamodome, and new Obama mural.
“My performance partner suffered a heat stroke last week cancelling our performance but we are now able to guarantee that on Tuesday the 28th, at 7:45 PM, at 602 Nevada (and Hackberry) at Reverend Seymour Perkins’ famous cement slab/sculpture garden, I, Raul Castellanos, will be breaking a piano given to me by the Perkins family to honor the late controversial and legendary artist from the Eastside. My assistant is Skye who is also Perkins’ only authorized biographer. I collaborated on many projects with Perkins for a bit more than 2 years and was truly honored to do so.” -Raul’s MySpace
- Weapons for killing a piano. The chain was awesome. I wish I would have seen the Ninja sword at work. The crew raises the piano here for vertical destruction. Starting from the right- Perkins son, Raul, and Skye. David Rubin watches in the background.
- Raul hard at work while the neighborhood watches.
- REVIVAL CENTER. Remains of Perkins burnt house on right while Ben and Danielle watch.
It’s hard to believe, but this event was actually as good as it sounded. Raul once had an art studio next to mine and he was always pretty intense- destroying perfectly good instruments to create paintings and sculptures that helped him represent his deafness to the world. Destroying this antique, though, seemed particularly irreverent as well as the fact that, this time, his chaotic artistic performance was taking place in the middle of one of San Antonio’s poorer black neighborhoods. For the most part, passing cars would just honk curiously at the gathering crowd. There were moments, though, when this art crowd might have felt they were on the wrong side of Sunset Station. One passing neighbor yelled at a nervous spectator and told him to put the piano back together. Overall, though, I felt a real sense of community built between artists, San Antonians, and the recently bereaved. It has often been said that in art- in order to create, you must destroy. What better place, then, than at the Reverend’s Revival Center which once strived to rebuild the tattered remains of strung-out lives.
UPDATE: A video of the event was just uploaded to .
Glad this was posted! I was sad to miss it, great photos t
her quilt is decorated with the molecular structure of RU-486
yeah…i expressed my why-must-you-ness to him.
but he wanted to be a world hatin neechee (i cant spell nietzche). To me instruments are an art and medium in itself and the historic kind should be restored to their former beauty rather than destroyed and sold as assemblages because “they always end up selling.”
interesting artist none the less. (is that him on the current swsac catalog?
just my opinion. maybe if there was a way to still play it as a wall sculpture.. giving new meaning to “up-right piano”
awesome coverage guysssss!
that’s him on the swsac cover. Thanks for your input – I think your share the views of most people