Domasan: Evening With a New Ropemaster 

Wednesday, Apr 12 2006

“The Bondage Show” is an exhibit billed as photography by “three generations of bondage masters.” Not your usual fare, this trio spans the range from tortured rough trade to guilded deity. The live events around the show are significant, opening last week with a performative lecture by the seminal Modern Primitive movement founder, Fakir Musafar, and continuing May 27 with neo-Victorian Rick Castro’s Fetish Tea Party. Having five years of experimentation in rope bondage works, Domasan is the most junior in the group. Taiwan-born and residing in the States for some 17 years, Domasan cites his Boy Scout knot-tying skills as influential to the development of his unique style. Creations usually devoid of hardware, he incorporates techniques specific to shibari (Japanese rope bondage): “Roping is combination of weaving and knotting; usually I use less than four knots in a session. Through rope art I try to bring out a person’s energy, peace and beauty. If it is good art, it becomes a part of me.” Domasan will be talking about his rope work while composing a restrained installation. Antebellum Gallery, 1643 N. Las Palmas Ave., Hlywd.; Sat., April 15, 6 p.m.; $10; “The Bondage Show” exhibit will be on view thru June 1. (323) 856-0667.

—Ron Athey

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