Sunday, May 1, 2016

JUNO CALYPSO - Performance & Photography

Five Uneasy Pieces: An Interview with Juno Calypso

"I use my body, but it’s the emotional self I’m focused on. I like making work where you can see the subject frozen in thought, you can hear them slowly dying inside."

Saturday, April 16, 2016



Murakami Saburō’s Passing Through, 1956, performed at the 2nd Gutai Art Exhibition. © Murakami Makiki and the Former Members of Gutai Art Association. Courtesy Museum of Osaka Univeristy

Friday, April 15, 2016

"One of my favorite art works is called “Zen for Head,” a performance piece by Nam Jun Paik. It is an interpretation of a ‘score’ by another artist, LaMonte Young, who was associated with the Fluxus movement of the 1950s and ’60s. This group was interested in putting the possibility of artmaking in the hands of ordinary people. Young’s “Composition 1960 No. 10” consisted entirely of the instruction: “draw a straight line and follow it.” A couple of years later, Paik did just that, dunking his head in a bowl of ink and dragging his hair like a giant brush along a scroll of paper. It reminds me, too, of a piece by Rauschenberg (another artist working at the boundary between painting and performance) made collaboratively with John Cage, entitled “Automobile Tire Print.” It’s a direct “print” made by rolling a tire covered with black house paint over sheets of typewriter paper. Both Paik and Rauschenberg were referring to the tradition of Asian ink painting, with its scroll format and emphasis on the immediacy of the encounter between ink and paper."
Zen for Head / Nam June Paik 1962

Wednesday, April 13, 2016


a bit about JULIA -- performance artist -- Whitney

William Wegman - Born with No Mouth

These Artists Jumped From the Canvas Into the World

When New York Was Really Happening

Pat Muschinski and Claes Oldenburg in Claes Oldenburg’s Snapshots from the City, performed during Ray Gun Spex at Judson Church, February 29, March 1–2, 1960. (image © Martha Holmes / TIME & LIFE Images / Getty Images; © Claes Oldenburg, Courtesy Pace Gallery)

Bas Jan Ader -- Selected Works

Parallel Stress | ART21 Magazine

Parallel Stress | ART21 Magazine: “Parallel Stress” is a reenactment of a 1970 art work by Dennis Oppenheim.  The project unfolds not only as a reenactment but also as a search for the artist’s approval, …

Joan Jonas: New York Performances | ART21 "Exclusive"

Preview: Joan Jonas in Season 7 of ART21 "Art in the Twenty-First Centur...

Joan Jonas: Mirror Check. Interview with Joan Jonas at 14 Rooms

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Words to Live By -- JOHN CAGE

"Our intention is to affirm this life, not to bring order out of chaos, nor to suggest improvements in creation, but simply to wake up to the very life we’re living, which is so excellent once one gets one’s mind and desires out of its way and lets it act of its own accord."  JOHN CAGE

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

A Feast of Astonishments: Charlotte Moorman and the Avant-Garde, 1960s–1980s -

A Feast of Astonishments: Charlotte Moorman and the Avant-Garde, 1960s–1980s - 

One of my very favorite artists -- she participated in Fluxus and worked with John Cage, Nam June Paik especially and others... 
I Love Charlotte Moorman.

In January 2016, the Block Museum will (Northwestern University in Chicago) open the first major exhibition exploring the art and impact of Charlotte Moorman—a musician, performance artist and advocate of the avant-garde. The exhibition will consider her life, her work, her influence, and the vast network of artists across creative fields who were her collaborators in the 1960s through 1980. -

The Block Museum’s upcoming exhibition goes deeper to examine Moorman as a leading international figure of a seminal period of experimental art.

The exhibition will feature original sculptures, photographs, video art works, installations, newly discovered props and costumes for performance art works, annotated music scores, archival materials, film clips and audio recordings. Many of these objects will be drawn from a one-of-a-kind archival resource held at Northwestern University Library, the Charlotte Moorman Archive, acquired by the Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections in 2001.

Sunday, January 10, 2016


EXTRAORDINARY FILM. We (my Intermedia Art class at Cornell College) went to see her at the Englert Theatre two years ago - the "show" was free and open to anyone. She did not "perform" in her usual way, instead she was just herself, vulnerable and open. If I had to sum up what we witnessed it was Laurie Anderson is her process-mode - thinking, creating, letting her audience in on how she makes her work. She showed us snippets of this film, Heart of a Dog.

My friend Rene and I saw this film late last year, 2015, at our local independent film house - FilmScene. When you get the chance to see it - do. It is very experimental, nonlinear and personal, but universal in her topics. Death...storytelling...and intimacy -- what a film...!

Here is a good interview with her and Terri Gross.