Art Dirt: The Good, Bad, & Ugly of Performance Art

by Glasstire May 25, 2019
Artist Chris Burden nailed to a VW beetle

Chris Burden, Trans-Fixed, 23 April, 1974 at Speedway Avenue in Venice, California

In our latest Art Dirt podcast, Brandon Zech and Christina Rees talk about the merits of shock value, the uselessness of labels, and the dread of getting stuck watching a bad performance.

“Being trapped at a bad performance art performance is a pretty hellacious thing.” 

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Gene Fowler May 27, 2019 - 15:23

A young San Antonio artist whose work I have been following through documentation is Daniela Riojas The current frontpage image on her website may bring to mind the overdone legacy of the last several decades of artists who flail and thrash about in a puddle of condiments, mooshed-up food, or mud and guts of who-knows-what, but her description of that piece, “Don’t Let Me Forget La Loba,” on the site gives much more indication that there is a there there. The deployment of ritual behavior in performance is another feature that commonly runs a risk of veering into silly or boring old hat-dom, but when the performer can become a vessel of style, grace, passion, fury….as Riojas seems to….that’s what you’re looking for when you don’t know you’re looking for it. And when it finds you, it’s a most welcome discovery. Some of her work reminds one of Ana Mendieta, but it’s also quite original.

Julia Barbosa Landois June 1, 2019 - 08:27

Jose Villalobos in San Antonio is doing some pretty great performance work, too! It’s at the intersection of queer and Norteño culture and incorporates some really interesting sculptural objects/performance artifacts.


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