New Pyramids For The Capitalist System by Robby Herbst
"New Pyramids For The Capitalist System" explores acrobatics, class, bodies, and interpersonal dynamics through a series of large-scale drawings, installations, and performances of human pyramids. The project was inspired by Herbst's grandfather's photos (a collection of beach and socialist acrobats) and a 1911 diagram produced by Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) called "Pyramid for the Capitalist System."
At sites associated with Occupy LA Herbst and a group of amateur, costumed, acrobats enacted the IWW diagram by creating human pyramids. Acrobats dressed as workers, managers, law enforcement, clergy and capitalists. This exhibition focuses on social dynamics and the efforts to memorialize the actions highlighted in the pyramid performances. Drawings and sculptures will examine the spatial and political implications of what it means to bear the weight of this classed system.