Thursday, November 18, 2010

Art History Thursday - Performance Art

Because of the increased and affordable access to photography, film, and sound; and the ease in which an artist could transport these mediums (records, film, etc.), there was an emergence in Performance Art in the mid-60's. It's a little difficult to properly portray it fully in one brief blog post, but I was pretty fascinated with the concept of Performance Art in which the artist, in a sense, becomes the canvas. Performance art is an exploration of the body; how it relates to space, how the body moves, and our emotions, reactions, and limitations as human beings. Some of it is comical, some is uncomfortable, some shocking, and some is just plain bizarre; which is exactly why I love to call it art.

Some of these Perfomance Art pieces were caught on film and others were performed live in a gallery. Below is a quick sampling of some of the interesting pieces we discussed in class.

I'm too sad to tell you, 1970

Fall II, 1970

Rest Energy (with Ulay), 1978

Aaa-aaa (with Ulay), 1976

Shoot, 1971

Five Day Locker Piece, 1971
There is no online video footage, but for his MFA exhibition at University of California, Irvine, Burden confined himself to a campus locker for five days.

I hope you found these as interesting/weird/humorous as I did.

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