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Posts tagged performance art:

“I think of my work as documentations of transformation and performance. While gender is undoubtedly always a question in my work, I don’t see it as a boundary.” --Martín Gutierrez

As we know, things aren’t always what they seem. The artist, Martín Gutierrez, explores this ambiguity and the Real Doll phenomenon by casting himself into domestic scenes that float somewhere between suburban bliss and the Stepford Wives.

I am always inspired by artists who challenge convention, and in the case of Gutierrez, completely own their work. While these images may, on first glance, appear superficial and banal, there is far more going on. Gutierrez is responsible for everything in his images/videos: producing, directing, writing, casting, posing, styling, original music, and shooting the scenes. For this series, he casts himself as a “Real Doll”, and in doing so, creates a world that both disturbs and allures.

His first solo show, Martin(e), opens on the 11th at Ryan Lee Gallery in Chelsea. I am curious to see whether these small 8 x 12 inch images command attention, or whether they beg for a large-scale experience. —Lane Nevares

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” Marcel Proust

The Italian artist, Ivano Atzori, is a man in pursuit of ideas. An outsider artist, self-taught, and embracing everything from graffiti to fashion to performance art, Atzori’s restless energy and work isn’t readily classifiable. Nor should it be. His work has been featured everywhere from Italian Vogue to the streets of New York City.

In this performance piece, “Experience,” Atzori uses an arsonist’s crime scene as his canvas. Having discovered and fought the fire, he would later return, shrouding his identity in paper, and once again physically confront the landscape—feeling, digging, scraping, and eventually setting himself free. A meditation on life, death and transformation, Atzori’s “experience” may be ephemeral, but his ideas of nature, destruction, resurrection and release are as old as life. —Lane Nevares

"We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are." Anaïs Nin 

Plying the seas of layered meanings and interpretations, El Museo's lastest exhibit, superreal, asks us to reconsider what is “real” in photography and video art. The exhibit takes us into a world as varied and complex as the forty-two artists represented. 

While major figures like Miguel Rio Branco, Andres Serrano, and Vik Muniz are included, it is the younger and lesser known artists like Las Hermanas Iglesias that give the show its sparkle. Their series, Nude Suits, created during an artist residency in Tasmania, reminded me how art can be both fun and serious. These hand-knit suits (made by their mother no less) undermine the typical nude photograph while asking us to rethink the nude in nature. Their performance isn’t groundbreaking, but it does engage us to question and wonder. And isn’t that the point?

Superreal is on view until May 19th. With such a marvelous collection of talent on display, head uptown and decide for yourself what’s real, unreal, or superreal. —Lane Nevares