By David Turkel
February 23 – March 5, 2011
Inspired by Yukio Mishima’s modern adaptations of classic Noh dramas, David Turkel’s STROKE/ BOOK tell two stories about the intertwined worlds of the living and the dead.
In STROKE, a scheming Victorian family forces a young girl to confront her burgeoning womanhood through a hasty courtship. Over the course of a single evening, she reunites with her dead twin brother and discovers a terrifying truth about the place she inhabits.
BOOK, set in contemporary America, begins with a teenager soliciting a prostitute with money he earned from babysitting her mentally challenged son. This proposition launches a pattern of shame and betrayal that pursues the boy for decades – through war and recovery, fame and anonymity, marriage and divorce, and, possibly, future generations.