Monday, November 29, 2010

Performance Piece: BE GREEN, BE TRASH (Older Version)

Here is my performance piece, hope you enjoy!

Please comment! :)

*I updated the post and added a better quality Performance Version. Check in early December Blog Archive

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


Fluxus is another art movement within the Avant garde era. It appeared during the during the 1960s.
This style to me seemed awfully similar to the futurist movement in conducting off scale art forms in making abstractions, scandals, and bold intuitive motives outside what we consider normal art. 

(The Piano hammered with nails  was indeed an interesting movie clip we saw in class. Hammering nails to make the piano stop working, yet the hammers and nails being punched into the piano keys made unique sounds of their own. It was pretty cool. I wouldn't do it to my piano though. To valuable for playing ) 

Overall the Fluxus style is primary a mix of those ideals as well from movements like Dada and Bauhaus. Fluxus uses more math and geometry to express their art techniques. They also influence idealism of philosophy, psychology,and sociology.

Some of their sculpture art can also be considered a revolution to normal objects and applications. By making a collage of mixed objects together, it can be applied that the Fluxus art style can further try to enhance the quality of a blended object for an imaginary use.

(The table tennis racks mixed with tin cans added a new effect for a futuristic sport)

While looking around for information and pictures to add to the blog. I encountered a museum of Fluxus art donated by people across the country. Some of it is weird and crude but some as well looks pretty cool. The site is at:

The film "Prying" and artist Vito Aconcci

This was indeed a strange 20 minute art film. Vito Aconcci engages actress  Kathy Dillon, and aggressively attempts to push open her eyes. She pulls back and tries to keep her eyes shut. I thought at first it was because of a bright light or she was playing a vampirish like role. Then I got the impression of torture and harassment,  however it appears that when Vito Aconcci gets her eyes open, Kathy Dillon shows only the white bottom part of her eye. She flipped her iris in rotation to the backside or up towards of the eyelid. 

(Okay now the movie Omega Man and Night of the Comet comes to mind)

I don't really understand this art, but could relate to change up of the human body. The way we some of us can bend our tongue, flip our eyes under our eyelid, and perhaps play the piano with our toes.

Either way, it was indeed a weird but interesting art film. I can't relate to Vito Aconcci's "Seabed" (1972), where he is underneath a gallery ramp, doing his guy thing, with fantasy of those walking on the ramp.  I have the same feeling with of  his other notable expressive works.

However I can relate to him roleplaying in front of a video camera. In his roleplaying Vito Aconcci is smoking, singing and humming to a love song being played on a record player near him. It is entitled "Theme Song". 

 I also like his typography art forms. He really applies structure to his typography pieces that resemble buildings and architecture. This is his famous one "City of Words", made in 1999. 

My impression of his work and the work of all art is that :

"Art is really in the eye of the beholder. It doesn't really need to be understood or appreciated, but it needs to be noticed."

Laurie Anderson

Laurie Anderson music we heard in class was really techno 80's. I really miss the 80's. I never really heard of her  before , but by seeing her work in class "O Superman"; it gave me the techno feel of the past 20th century.

Her encompass of music and art really added the mixed blend of storytelling. The use of light, shadows, mixed singers, electronic interments (Some made by her, example the taped bow violin using magnetic tape and the talking stick) and imagery has really surfaced to performance art.

From seeing her performance of  "O Superman", I have to say I was at full attention. Her performance was indeed interesting. The shadows of her body within the red background and the spotlight moon, added real shadow art. Same along with the lightbulb in her mouth. Really good use of light techniques to encompass several art variations.

Her use combination of music, technology, and art had really created an abstract electronic music form.

After class I listened to the rest of "O Superman" and have to say that it was indeed amazing, same for her piece "Language is a Virus". I am going to try later on during my free time to listen to her other music performances.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Xerox Project: Mr. Palmer

Hi there,
Here is my Xerox Project. "Mr. Palmer"
Items used: Rubber Cement,
Xerox: Beard, Eyes (w glasses), Hands (For the head, torso, hair, and used foot pics as palms for hand reflection), Ears (w side burns for legs, and plain ears for arms), Feet (Mr. Palmers Fingers), Nose (My nose) and a Folded up Face Pic for the BowTie.

                (Ears and beard hair on the PVC legs)                    (Hands of Hair)

   (Straight forward)

                                               (Close up)                               (Whole Overview)

Feel free comment. Hope you all enjoyed the piece :)

Monday, November 1, 2010

Bauhaus School and Art

The school was founded in Germany (1919). The inspiration came from Weimer and Walter Gropious who founded the cultural art. This school offered several types of workshops, metal/wood sculpture, glass painting, weaving, pottery, furniture, cabinet making, three-dimensional work, typography, wall painting, and some others. The use of abstraction and idealism created use of renewal with art. 

The school created of different architect-directors: Walter Gropius (1919 - 1928) , Hannes Meyer (1928 - 1930), and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1930 - 1933), when the school was closed by its own leadership under pressure from the Nazi regime. Through changes of directors, came different paths of focus, technique, instructors, and politics. The school often shifted it classes pertaining to focus on academics to art, and being vocational to private school. However when the Nazis showed up, the artists had to relocate their idealism into one joint effort to escape the evil control and harness their skills. 

During Nazi control in government, in 1933. The art institute was closed down. However this caused a big shift with artists from the institute fleeing Europe (fear of expression) to the land of freedom (The United States). This created a future role for the U.S being a power country within the art movements. 

*Model/Picture for the March of Dead, by Walter Gropius, 1922. A famous piece for the Bauhaus.