“Images of naked ladies taken from Chinese magazines are combined with vegetables. The fresh vegetables visually complete the young bodies, highlighting consumption and each other’s limited preservability.” ― Heidi Voet
“A master of compelling performance pieces, Beuys flew to New York, picked up by an ambulance, and, swathed in felt, was transported to a room in the Rene Block Gallery. The room was also occupied by a wild coyote, and for a period of 8 hours a day for the next three days, Beuys spent his time with the coyote in the small room, with little more than a felt blanket and a pile of straw.
While in the room, the artist engaged in symbolist gestures, such as striking a triangle and tossing his gloves to the coyote.
At the end of the three days, the coyote, who had become quite tolerant of Beuys, allowed a hug from the artist, who was transported back to the airport via ambulance. He never set foot on outside American soil nor saw anything of America other than the coyote and the inside of the gallery.”
Sachiko Abe - Cut Papers - My Highlight of the 18th Biennale of Sydney
I watched Sachiko Abe cut paper precisely and intently for about 7 minutes in a tee-pee made of the shredded paper cut by her.
It was one of the most intense, beautiful, visually striking performances i have ever seen. The piece is called ’Cut Papers’. It looks serene and beautiful on the surface but holds incredible tension.
For the Sydney Biennale, Abe is cutting paper 3 times a day and for approx. an hour and a half. A single sheet of paper takes her 40 minutes as she calmly cuts around the border 5mm width on an average day when she is just thinking about her day. When she is feeling depressed the width is 3 mm. When i saw her the paper was 3 mm in width.
Cutting paper keeps Abe sane, as she discovered in an institution that she could keep calm by cutting paper. She has cut paper for 10 years and it is only in recent years that Sachiko Abe has turned her ritual into her art.
I just watched this campy Japanese, fantasy, horror and saw something i had never seen before. It was weird, fun, troubling, bad (in that fabulous way), amazing and completely unique. If you ever get a chance to watch House which is part of the Criterion Collection - then do… During the first 10 minutes i was wondering if i could watch it at all, and then it lured me in with its visually arresting scenes, sets, cheesy special effects and overall creativity. The acting is terrible in parts but it is such a fairytale that you don’t care. Creep cats, evil aunties, a house that proceeds to want to eat seven teenage girls - what more could you want? I was left wanting to find more films directed by the clever Nobuhiko Obayashi. See it! It’s a great experience.
I have always loved the work of Vanessa Beecroft. I think this is because i have a background in hair, make-up and fashion. The combination of these particular interests and skills i have, in combination with my background in performance studies, make Vanessa Beecroft’s work compliment my artistic sensibilities.
Federation Square: You either love it or hate it, but damn it’s an interesting part of Melbourne. It grew on me and now i find it a great place to meet people or hang with masses peacefully. Walking through it is an experience in itself and in summer when the deck chairs are out it’s an unusual place to sun bake.
I am about to start teaching rounds, I leave to Brisbane to work at the film festival in less than four weeks, I will be working day and nights and have to hand in three assignments but the silver lining is the trip to China!! And what a reward that is! The year has been a pain in the ass as i have had to take some steps back to make some steps forward and it’s all good but there will be nothing better then feeling like an explorer in a country such as China… I am a lucky, lucky man. For now, its Saturday night, and i am happy to chill!
Performance artist Marni Kotak is living inside Bushwick’s Microscope Gallery as she waits for her contractions to start. A midwife and doula will be on hand at the art gallery, which will be open to the public the whole time.
When i was in New York, i was lucky to attend the Marina Abramovic exhibition The Artist is Present. I could have summoned up the courage to sit with the Abramovic herself but i didn’t. I regret it. The exhibition was overall a great experience and i am an admirer of her work. Not all the work succeeded in the exhibition but The Artist is Present succeeded in its consistent capacity to keep you intrigued and interested. When i went to the exhibition it was so busy that it was like a carnival where the artworks were bodies, clothed, naked on display, still like like breathing mannequins. The frame was clearly on the body and for this i hope that i see another type of exhibition like this as it was truly experience.
A pioneer of performance art, Marina Abramović began using her own body as the subject, object, and medium of her work in the early 1970s. For the exhibition Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present, The Museum of Modern Art’s first performance retrospective, Abramović performed in the Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium every day the Museum was open for 3 months between March 14 and May 31, 2010. Visitors were encouraged to sit silently across from the artist for a duration of their choosing, becoming participants in the artwork.