Cuban performance artist Alejandro Figueredo Diaz-Perera plans to spend three weeks living inside the walls of a Chicago art gallery. He's titling this performance piece "In the Absence of a Body." The Chicago Arts Coalition, which is hosting Diaz-Perera, elaborates:
While living inside the 2.5-foot-wide corridor, Diaz-Perera will do only the most essential actions of his quotidian life: sleep, eat, and personal hygiene. He will not communicate with anyone on the other side of the walls. While he will be able to observe the audience, Diaz-Perera will remain invisible to them. Until the close of the exhibition, Diaz-Perera will attempt to embrace the act of becoming a Ghost of himself, an absence, nothing.
The concept kinda reminds me of Vito Acconci's 1972 performance piece Seedbed, in which he spent 3 weeks hidden beneath a ramp in an art gallery, loudly pleasuring himself. I'm guessing that over the course of 3 weeks, Diaz-Perera will probably also indulge in a bit of that. More info at HuffPost.com.
For $9500, this attractively decked-out vehicle could be yours. It's a 1978 GMC Vandura Van, with only 25,000 miles on the odometer. Exterior Star Trek murals by artist G.S. Roy. For sale on Vancouver Craiglist. Read more about it at the Toronto Star.
The latest Kickstarter weirdness. In return for a $10 donation, tattoo artist Illma Gore will tattoo your name on her body. Her goal is to completely cover her body with around 2500 names. She hasn't got all those names yet, but she's already got enough donations to get her project funded.
A week ago I posted about Lloyd Canning, an artist who claimed that he had been abducted by extraterrestrials who were now beaming images into his brain, and that this served as the inspiration for his art. He's now done an about face and says that he was just joking about the whole alien-abduction thing. It was a stunt to get publicity.
I have to hand it to him that he knows how to work the media. First he gets free publicity with a crazy claim. And then he gets a second round of publicity for the hoax reveal. P.T. Barnum would have been proud.
However, since a week ago I described the alien thing as a "schtick" he was using to promote himself, I don't really consider myself fooled by this one. A schtick is exactly what it was. Just a more cynical schtick than I gave him credit for.
Artist Stephen Wischer has found a use for all those Yellow Pages phonebooks that still get delivered to people, even though they've long been rendered pointless on account of the Internet. (The Yellow Pages are still periodically dumped at my front door and go straight from there into the recycling bin.) Wischer has stacked up 3000 of them in a display at the Plains Art Museum titled "In Crypt: On New Worlds Re-Ordered."
Says Amy Richardson of the museum: "When people come into the museum and this is right in our entrance area they stop and they're astonished, because at first they think it's a huge wall of bricks or wood and then they realize it's phone books." [wdaz.com, plainsart.org]
I think it makes sense for an artist to have some kind of schtick to differentiate themselves from the crowd. And Lloyd Canning's schtick is that he says his paintings are inspired by images that extraterrestrials project into his brain. According to him, this image projection began after the aliens first abducted him in 2005. The Mirror has more details. Also check out Canning's website.
He reminds me of Flora Marian Spore, the 1920s artist who claimed her paintings were inspired by ghosts. (See Paul's post from back in 2012.)