Performance

Richard T. Walker at Kadist San Francisco

Today we bring you a video excerpt of Richard T. Walker‘s recent performance the security of impossibility, part of the Summer Music Series at Kadist San Francisco. Originally performed on July 10, 2013, the security is composed of layered harmonies, live and recorded music, multiple projections, and participant-operated tape players.

Formal Collapse: No Name at On Stellar Rays

(From left to right) Michael Mahalchick. Flag, 2013. Newspaper, bacon fat, pigment, brushes, tacks, Savarin coffee can; 43 x 78 x 10 in. Susan Collins. Long Fallen Wide, 2013. Poplar, tulipwood, maple, beech, white holly, crushed malachite, beeswax, oxidized silver, white gold, bronze, garnet, amber; 71 x 5 x 5 in. Shamus Clisset, SWASS (Long Charm), 2012. C-print; 80 x 56 1/2 in. Nathaniel Robinson. Heap, 2013. Pigmented polyurethane resin, acrylic paint; dimensions variable. Bayard. President Balances National Budgie, 2008. Mohair; dimensions variable. Sterling Allen. Untitled, 2013. Ribbons, pushpins; dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artists and On Stellar Rays.

No Name, the group show currently on view at Lower East Side gallery On Stellar Rays, is a theory-based project that develops a collaborative scene of  “gestures, memories and detritus.” The show presents a collection of objects that are incoherent, elusive, and laden with a mysterious personal logic. The work demonstrates a strong theoretical basis, drawing primarily from Judith/Jack Halberstam’s advocation of failure as a[.....]

No Portraits: A bizarre tribute to Joseph Beuys, Frida Kahlo, Stelarc, Orlan, and other artists

Guillermo Gómez-Peña. No Portraits: Not James Luna, 2012, from the No Portraits photo-performance series. Courtesy of La Pocha Nostra, San Francisco. Photo: Jen Cohen.

As part of our ongoing partnership with Art Practical, today we bring you the work of writer and performance artist Guillermo Gómez-Peña. The original introduction to the piece explains, “A native of Mexico City, Gómez-Peña has created pioneering work in performance, video, radio, installation, poetry, journalism, and cultural theory that explores cross-cultural issues, immigration, the politics of language, ‘extreme culture,’ and new technologies.” He is also[.....]

Georgia Sagri is otherwise occupied

#Hashtags provides a platform for longer reconsiderations of artworks and art practices outside of the review format and in new contexts. In the prelude to his book The Triumph of Anti-Art, Thomas McEvilley held up the Greek philosopher Diogenes of Sinope, founder of the School of Cynics, as a prototypical conceptual and performance artist who strove to break down the barriers separating philosophy and life.[.....]

A Clue to The Recovery of Authenticity: Raul Bussot and Kim Hong-Rok in Seoul

Raul Bussot was 5 years old when his family decided to escape Cuba, so he doesn’t remember the details very well.  He remembers his father and two friends assembling a raft in a mangrove forest under the cover of darkness.  He remembers pushing the raft to the beach while keeping an eye out for the Cuban Coast Guard.  He remembers huddling together for warmth out[.....]

Trisha Brown in Los Angeles

For whatever reason, the Los Angeles art community has dance on the brain. It may or may not have started with artist and choreographer Simone Forti’s inclusion as one of the “Made in L.A.” finalists (the Hammer Museum’s mega-group exhibition-cum-contest from last summer), but the upcoming “Dancing with the Art World” conference (again at the Hammer) clinches the deal—two days of lectures and events with[.....]

Talking in Circles: An Interview with Aki Sasamoto

Amongst the many trends floating around the contemporary art world, you may have noticed a resurgence in performance art in galleries and museums.  The old guard of artists from the 60’s and 70’s are being recognized in grand retrospectives, such as Marina Abramovic’s critically acclaimed The Artist is Present at MoMA in 2010, as well as the Guggenheim’s current show, Gutai: Splendid Playground, a retrospective of[.....]