In Defense of Performance Art

Just finished reading In Defense of Performance Art by Guillermo Gomez-Pena.  It’s a very thorough, thoughtful reply to those who ask “what exactly is performance art”.  It’s a wee bit lofty and may be difficult for the layman to pick apart, but it is an excellent read for artists working in any medium.  I especially connected to the section explaining about the body’s relationship to performance art:

“Traditionally, the human body, our body, not the stage, is our true site for creation and materia prima. It’s our empty canvas, musical instrument, and open book; our navigation chart and biographical map; the vessel for our ever-changing identities; the centerpiece of the altar so to speak. Even when we depend too much on objects, locations, and situations, our body remains the matrix of the piece.”

Hope you enjoy!

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