‘Performance Art’ has become this all encompassing term for what fits the fancy these days.
For French artist Abraham Poincheval that meant spending two weeks living inside a hollowed-out sculpture that he covered with the skin of a bear. Yeah, that’s right, I’m not saying that he lived in the carcass of a bear for nearly two weeks – cause that just sounds bad ass and crazy doesn’t it? When in fact – it was a hollowed out sculpture of a bear that he reclined in with limited supplies of food and water. His unusual living arrangement even came equipped with a makeshift unit for umm…relieving oneself. Doesn’t sound so bad ass now, does it? Although it’s probably started to sound a tad crazy.
Poincheval’s performance took place from April 1 – April 13th inside the Musee de la Chasse et de la Nature in Paris. The symbolic hibernation started with Poincheval’s quest for understanding his animal nature and physical limits. The performance was broadcast 24 hours a day through a live web feed. I’m going to speculate and say nothing spectacular happened.
Ah, to each his own.
pics via ignant.blog & Poincheval’s Facebook
As if Paris didn’t already remind us every second that they are the cultural epicenter of France – Etienne Lavie might have sealed it as it’s guerrilla art CEO of culture. In the series OMG, Who Stole My Ads?, Lavie is replacing billboards and other advertisements with classical paintings like Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People and Renoir’s La Lecture. It makes the rush into the subway, the stroll down to the coffeehouse a cultural experience. “It’s created accessibility, proving that art doesn’t have to exist in a gallery or museum to be successful – it can be anywhere and is for everyone.” It’s hard to imagine a daily commutes without the constant flood of consumerism smacking you in the face on every street, on your mode of transportation, in your buildings…yet if you were confronted with something else, something extraordinarily inspiring like these works of art, how different would that make your day?
Message to Lavie, “Here’s to forcing people to imagine a different consciousness – why don’t you pop on over to the States and share that.
ABANDONED AMUSEMENT PARKS (132,000+)The response to these haunting pictures taken in abandoned amusement parks by Francesco Mugnai was overwhelming. Most of you thought it was “creepy yet beautiful, scary, cool or wanted to find one of your own to film in.
ERIN RILEY’S TABOO TAPESTRY (77,000+)Fiber artist Erin M. Riley tackles depictions of female sexuality, drug use, birth control, car crashes, selfies, among others…all on her loom. 77,000 of you think these are some bad ass tapestries – and I agree. Erin had a great year as well. She had several solo shows and was repped’ hard at Pulse NY Fair and Miami’s Select Fair. If you don’t have the dough to pick up one of her pieces – you can still make off with one of her limited edition patches. I’m thinking late stocking stuffers.
YOU AND ME (25,000+)You folks really enjoyed Zhang Zhaohui’s interactive adult sized metal cut out’s, ‘You & Me’ set up in the famous 798 Art District in Beijing China.
PARISIAN STREET ARTIST: LEVALET (6,000+) In the midst of the Banksy NYC residency, photos of French Street Artist, Levalet were popping up all over Instagram. His black & white wheat pastes interacting with their surroundings in a way that continued to amuse us in the way Banksy did in the past.
IZZIYANA SUHAIMI (5,000+) We stumbled onto a gem when we caught sight of Singapore artist, Izziyana Suhaimi who incorporates embroidery into her pencil & watercolor portraits. These quirky mixed media portraits surprise and pop with color and depth – you guys loved how she transformed this traditional form of stitching.
The world of creative possibilities offered by digital post-production is what initially attracted me to art, and specifically to photography. My own work is focused on self-portraiture. For the past three years I have been shooting myself only and exclusively at home. Now my research is moving to a new destination, the city.
These photos are from my last series. They were taken in different European cities such as Bratislava, Madrid, Paris, Basel and Düsseldorf. This is a work in progress.
Anna Di Prospero
Born in Rome, photographer Anna Di Prospero has attended the European Institute of Design in Rome, been selected for FotoGrafia–Rome’s International Festival of Photography and had her first solo exhibition at Gallerati Gallery. She currently she is living in New York, attending a student exchange program at the School Of Visual Arts. To see more of Anna’s work on Flickr, click here.
The best way to explain this part of my work is to tell you how I took the photographs.
In 2007, I was studying sociology at Nanterre University, near Paris. It took me an hour and a half each day to get there via bus and train.
I chose a seat that I sat in every day, in the last car, near the heater and next to a window, in the middle. It was quite comfy. So every morning, instead of reading books or learning lessons, I looked out the windows or at the people sitting in front of me.
I spent a lot of time looking at this world, a quite peaceful world, where people traveled quietly from suburbs to Paris. The only times people talked to each other was when the train ran late.
I was at my seat, quiet like the others, listening to music, lost in the constantly changing landscape. Time to time I thought about taking pictures of this underworld life, trying to guess which way was the best to show it as I was looking at, as I was living it. I figured it out and started to grab my camera and photograph it as I was seeing it.
Transportation was at that time some sort of obsession; I was always thinking about time and the train.
Thinking back to these pictures, I believe they are quite successful. I’ve had success showing this world as I saw it, as another world.