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Since the foremost purpose of performance art has almost always been to challenge the conventions of traditional forms of visual art, something to notice is the viewer’s response to it. We had everyone being very quiet and watching intently, albeit with a certain degree of impatience as the “Bouton movement” does not materialize in a hurry! However after coinhabiting the space for a certain length of time, the movement grows on you as an “insidious intent” if you will?!Exhibition Dates: May 2 – June 1 2017
The following content exhibits artist Brian O’Mahony as he embraces the gallery space. Parts of the “Bouton movement” has been speeded up to 16x, but the integrity of movement and the pulse of his art is intact throughout length of the video. Enjoy!
“Performance is a genre in which art is presented “live,” usually by the artist but sometimes with collaborators or performers. It has had a role in avant-garde art throughout the twentieth century, playing an important part in anarchic movements such as Futurism and Dada. Indeed, whenever artists have become discontented with conventional forms of art, such as painting and traditional modes of sculpture, they have often turned to performance as a means to rejuvenate their work. The most significant flourishing of performance art took place following the decline of modernism and Abstract Expressionism in the 1960s, and it found exponents across the world. Performance art of this period was particularly focused on the body, and is often referred to as Body art. This reflects the period’s so-called “dematerialization of the art object,” and the flight from traditional media. It also reflects the political ferment of the time: the rise of feminism, which encouraged thought about the division between the personal and political and anti-war activism, which supplied models for politicized art “actions.” Although the concerns of performance artists have changed since the 1960s, the genre has remained a constant presence, and has largely been welcomed into the conventional museums and galleries from which it was once excluded.”
Courtesy The Art Story [dot] org
Venue: Printmaking Center of NJ
located right off of Rt.22