PERFORMANCE IN VICIOUSNESS
Exhibited at the Roger Wong Gallery, 1976
In Performance in Viciousness, Dailey addressed questions of trust and personal weakness. The participant in was immersed in an environment where he or she was protected but also vulnerable through a structural confrontation within the installation. In this piece, two vicious Doberman pinschers were each placed in 20-foot long cages separated by only 18 inches. The trust of participants was put to test as they walked the narrow gauntlet flanked by dogs trained to attack and, if allowed, to kill. Viewers were unaware of the upcoming experience as they walked through a short labyrinth before entering the gauntlet. The only guidance provided before entering was an assurance that they were protected within this precarious artwork.