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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Different forms of art...

About two months ago, we changed from our local cable  to DirecTV...with that change, they gave us all the movie channels (which we don't usually subscribe to).  Of course, I've been recording movies like crazy before our so called 'freebies' are gone.
Recently, I recorded a documentary on Marina Abramović who is a performance artist.  To quote Wikipedia, "Abramović's work explores the relationship between performer and audience, the limits of the body, and the possibilities of the mind."  

Well, I have to say I was quite engrossed with this film, which focused on Marina's performance at the Museum of Modern Art in 2010, called The Artist is Present.  This 'performance' consisted of  "a 736-hour and 30-minute static, silent piece, in which she sat immobile in the museum's atrium, while spectators were invited to take turns sitting opposite her".  Of course, the film also showed previous exhibits and bits and pieces of her life, which in itself was so interesting.

I am not a 'deep' person when it comes to describing my art or art of others....I'm just a "I liked blue and wanted to make a blue quilt" kind of gal!  I don't look into blue being part of my inner feelings, yada, yada.  I just can't get that deep!!!
But I have to say I actually understood some of what Marina was trying to convey!  Scary!!  I also have to say I am SO impressed with her strength and fortitude.  She is one strong lady...and to sit in this performance for over 736 hours (March - May) takes a lot of inner strength.
So if you want to get a different perspective on artwork, do watch Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present   if you can find it on Netflix, HBO, is rated MA for mature due to some nudity, you are warned.   Overall, it certainly gives you another look at artwork....and appreciation of another art form.

1 comment:

  1. I am not familiar with this artist. A very interesting theme however I could never sit so still for so long. This looks like training to be a palace guard where no one can make you move, laugh, cry or show any emotions whatsoever. Very interesting dear...