Flavor of the month: Performance art
Over the past weeks I have been asking outsiders what they think about the visual art scene in Iceland. Is it different from the rest of Scandinavian scene? What stands out in the Icelandic art scene today?
Most people I spoke to, mentioned the active and very visible performance art scene. It did not surprise me. Our biggest stars in the visual art sectors today are performance artists — with Ragnar Kjartansson and Rúrí in the forefront.
“Lord of the castle itch yes” by Leif Holmstrand (2009), CHRYSTAL
“Back and Forth” by Gatëan Rusquet (2011), ANTI Festival
“Mont Blanc” by Mimosa Pale (2011) Berlin. Image/Niina Braun
“Peta loves Pollock” by Rakel McMahon (2009)
“Dance Drawings” by Meghann Snow (2011), Young Art
Photographs by Konsthopp
THE SYMPTOMS OF PERFORMANCE ART
»Performance Art is live.
»Performance Art has no rules or guidelines. It is art because the artist says it is art. It is experimental.
»Performance Art is not for sale. It may, however, sell admission tickets and film rights.
»Performance Art may be comprise of painting or sculpture (or both), dialogue, poetry, music, dance, opera, film footage, turned on television sets, laser lights, live animals and fire. Or all of the above. There are as many variables as there are artists.
»Performance Art is a legitimate artistic movement. It has longevity (some performance artists, in fact, have rather large bodies of work) and is a degreed course of study in many post-secondary institutions.
»Dada, Futurism, the Bauhaus and the Black Mountain College all inspired and helped pave the way for Performance Art.
»Performance Art is closely related to Conceptual Art. Both Fluxus and Body Art are types of Performance Art.
»Performance Art may be entertaining, amusing, shocking or horrifying. No matter which adjective applies, it is meant to be memorable.
— By Shelley Eesak, ArtHistoryAbout.com
This month we are going to dig deeper into the field of this ancient art form!