Posts Tagged ‘performance art’

Artist of the moment…….Zhang Huan

Zhang Huan is a contemporary Chinese artist born in Anyang, Henan Province, China in the year 1965. Zhang Huan works in many mediums including performance art, photography, sculpting, and painting. The artist is very innovative producing works with ash and resin.

Zhang Huan attended Henan University for his B.F.A. The artist went on to earn a M.F.A. from Beijing’s Academy of Fine Arts.

A link to the website of Zhang Huan:
http://www.zhanghuan.com/

In this clip the artist is interviewed about his series on Poppy flowers:

In this clip we see an awesome sculpture with three heads!:

Zhang Huan was included in the Whitney Biennial of 2002.

The artist has produced over 40 works of performance art.

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Artist of the moment…….Vito Acconci

Vito Acconci  is an American artist born in Bronx, New York in the year 1940. Acconci is a very versatile artist working in many mediums including sculpture, painting, and performance art. For his collegiate education Acconci attended the College of the Holy Cross located in Worcester, Massachusetts. Acconci went on to do his postgraduate studies at the University of Iowa. The artist has completed many public sized commissioned works.

The artist studied writing and poetry for his master’s degree. Acconci didn’t began to produce visual art until the very late 1960s.

For much of his work the artist uses his own body.

Price range information:  Non public sized smaller works and prints range from $3,000 to $50,000.

Acconci also has become renown for some performance art work. One such work titled Seedbed involved the artist arousing himself sexually and talking to himself whilst loudspeakers echoed his words and the viewer walked above the artist.

Acconci was one of the first artist to work with recycled and found materials. The artist has built a reputation for designing fine furniture from these materials.

In this clip from the Tate Museum we learn that the artist thinks of himself as an art doer, rather than just a visual artist per say. Like other performance artists, for him its about the process not just the end result. A worthwhile interview:

The artist was the co-founder of an architecture company that designs public buildings and various works.

Acconci has also been part of many great teaching institutions including Pratt and the Art Institute of Chicago.

The artist is based out of Brooklyn, New York.

I found out that this artist has a huge outdoor public work around 30 minutes from Denver in Arvada, Colorado.

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Artist of the moment…..Ana Mendieta

Ana Mendieta was born in Havana, Cuba in the year  1948. Mendieta was a performance artist also known for her photography. A famous series by the artist included replicating her silhouette in various locations.  This series is called the “earth-body” series. Mendieta also produced performance art and sculpture.

Below an example of Ana Mendieta’s work with her silhouette:

In order to escape Cuba, she and a sister were sent to the States. Mendieta was nine years old at the time.

Some of Mendieta’s themes were feminism, life, death, and her connection to the planet earth. The main series is the silhouetta series where the artist used her own body covered in mud, sand, grass, and even blood. She would then shoot photographs of these works and sold these.

In some works she even used fire as a medium and recorded the images on film.

For her collegiate education Mendieta attended the University of Iowa earning both a bachelors and master’s degree. A major influence during these times was Hans Breder. Below some works by Hans Breder.

Sadly Ana Mendieta died from a fall in 1985 from her 34th story floor apartment in New York City. Her husband was tried and acquitted of murdering his wife. The court said it was either an accident or a suicide. Mendieta was only 36 years old. Her husband was also an artist and below an example of his style, his name is Carl Andre.

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One of the last series the work’s by the artist were photo etchings of some cave sculptures the artist made in her native of Cuba.

In this clip we visit a gallery show featuring Ana Mendieta.

Price range information; Works range from $3,000 to $170,000.

Below an example of the artist working with blood. Blood was important in the performing of certain religious rituals for Mendieta.

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Artist of the moment…..David Hammons

David Hammons is an American artist born in Springfield, IL in 1943. Over his career Hammons has worked with sculpture and assemblage, installations, and performance art. For his collegiate studies Hammons attended the Chouinard Art Institute and the Otis Art Institute both located in Los Angeles, California.

I enjoy Hammons work for his use of unconventional materials. In the gallery above check out the piece with elephants walking around at the base. In the middle is painted elephant dung/ poop. You might not notice its dung as its painted! Very cleaver!

Another series done by David Hammons that received much critical acclaim was a series done called body parts. Hammons used body parts that were greased and then made an imprint on paper. The piece in the gallery above a black man is titled Spade.  Spade was a term used by the “in” crowd in the 1970s for an African- American.

For his performance art Hammons loves to push boundaries and try very unique ideas. Among his first efforts was to stand outside during a snowstorm and sell premade assorted snowballs of various sizes.

In the late 1980s his work caused a great deal of anger among African Americans. He painted the religious leader Jesse Jackson with blonde hair and blue eyes. On the billboard it was written,  “How you like me now?” The piece was violently destroyed by angry African American men.

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Another performance type of art took place when he took 20,000 feet of display area at a gallery that was very dark and the viewers job was to navigate their way through the area with only some flashlights. Very unique in his ideas! Below we get a viewing from this show. I don’t recommend to watch the whole thing, I hope you have some art to work on after you finish reading this article, but you get a great idea for Hammons’ level of creativity.

David Hammons received the MacArthur Fellowship award in 1991.

In this clip we catch up with our art lover friend James Kalm  (yeah!) to check out a show featuring the work of David Hammons.

I find the artist very interesting not only for his unique performance ideas, but also because he attended prestigious art institutions but doesn’t really like to show in galleries, preferring to show his art on the streets.

In this last clip we see a great mix of unique ideas, text and Kool Aid!

David Hammons is based out of New York City.

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Artist of the moment……Gao Brothers…..

A wonderfully talented duo that are actual brothers in real life born in Jinan, Shandong, China. This area is in the north east part of China. The older brother is Zhen born in 1956. The younger brother is named Qiang, who was born in 1962. The duo has been working on collaborative works since 1985. Employing a wide variety of mediums, they are renown for their depictions of Mao with breasts. Mao had an important and significant role in the Gao brothers life. Their father was a political dissident and was put in jail when they were young. At the ages of 12 and 6 years old, their father passed away whilst in a Chinese jail.

Most famous for their photography.

For their collegiate education Zhen attended the Shandong Academy of Fine Arts. Qiang graduated from Qufu Normal University.

First exhibition was a large work that was made to replicate the sexual organ of a hermaphrodite. Another early work dealt with Tiananmen Square, a large hand with a bloody hole in the center.

The hug is another major theme of the brothers. Some works have people hugging with clothes on and sometimes naked.

Another theme is cramming many naked bodies into a small box. This series of images is called Sense of Space and a work from this series is below.

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An example of their hugging performance art here.

In this clip we see the artist duo’s famous Miss Mao dancing atop Lenin’s head, very carefully.

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