The unique relationship between a competitive bodybuilder’s performance and their audience is one of duality: the bodybuilder motivates their viewer to work towards achieving a similarly muscular shape, while spectatorship in general pushes the bodybuilder to grow into a bigger body than they already possess. In their article “Towards a History of Bodybuilding,” Kenneth R. Dutton and Ronald S. Laura propose that a bodybuilding competition’s audience is often made up of not “just spectators but (also) players” (Dutton 1989, 38). A culture of mimicry is potentially dangerous since failure is highly probable when trying to attain a body which is biologically improbable for most individuals, but it also fosters the necessity for advanced muscular forms that may not exist without the psychological exchange between bodybuilder as idyllic object and viewer as pseudo-bodybuilder. Practice what you preach is a collection of works that result from experiments related to material, physical, and suggested performances specific to bodybuilding.

Dutton, K.R. and Laura, R.S. “Towards a History of Bodybuilding.” Sporting Traditions 6, 1 (1989). 25-41.

















































Practice what you preach creatine, water, sawdust fired clay, acrylic rod, paper, brushed aluminum, thermal imaging video loop, monitor, dumbbell markings and crushed conté on paper, steel shelving, creatine encrusted ceramics, PVC wrapped wire, aluminum tube, creatine coated tartalan. Dimensions variable. 2015.