MISTER TRAP by Mark Batongmalaque & Chet Glaze is a variation on the Warka Water Tower designed by Arturo Vittori. When presented with the opportunity to participate in OPAF 21, Mark & Chet brainstormed a few different ideas; Camping, Housing, Vagrancy, & many others, ultimately settling on the idea of Traps. Initially the OPAF project was going to be a series of traps built by both, calling back to the works of Andreas Slominski & Lee Bontecou, & the lifestyle of Dick Proenneke. After recalling reading of an article on the Warka Towers from 2015, Mark & Chet decided to propose the construction of the tower as a collaborative effort.
The least amount of research into the actual tower, aside from the name & a few pictures online, was conducted. This in part is crucial to the conceptualization & execution of the tower by the pair. The less we know, the more we discover.
The tower is constructed from locally sourced, wild bamboo that was harvested by Mark & Chet in a Riverside, CA tributary. Other materials include readily available items from various merchants. The effectiveness of the tower is a mystery to us. We'll find out.
Mark & Chet Studio-Ryan Too is located in Riverside, CA
Mark Batongmalaque (born in Torrance, CA 1978) is an artist in Riverside, CA who makes work about sex & death, and being on the outside looking in. marklb.com
Chet Glaze (born in Fontana, CA 1976) is an artist in Riverside, CA who makes work that explores the phenomenon of trauma, poltergeists, & the embracing of the oblivion.