Sunday, December 31, 2006

Fluxus Performance #2






Here we have photos documenting another of Grant's recent performance pieces. This piece began at 10PM with the artist calling down the stairs, "Uh Oh! I think I have a little problem!" When his audience arrived he stated "I think I used too much lotion". This understatement was the core of the piece. The artist had slathered lotion on his left leg to the point of absurdity. He trailed it across his bedroom, his hands held so much lotion that they appeared mitten like, and his stuffed pig had lotion on its snout. This excessive use of a product designed to return the appearance of youth to the skin, on the perfect skin of the young artist skewered the adult fear of aging and our drastic yet ultimately futile attempts to fight it. No amount of chemicals, lotions, or surgeries will ever erase the signs of age and the artist mocks our useless attempts to recapture our youth.

This performance recalls an event Grant staged in January of this year (2006). Again, no warning was given that a performance was going to take place, the audience assembled after hearing a strange slapping sound coming from upstairs. Upon their arrival the viewers witnessed the artist spreading large circles of Eucerin lotion on his bedroom wall. When pressed for an explanation of his work, he replied, "I'm making marshmallows". Unfortunately for Grant, his art was not appreciated by the critics and he was given a time out and had his trains taken away for a full day.

5 comments:

bex said...

brilliant

old prof said...

Be interesting to run a test on the two different legs in say sixty years. This may be the lost Egyptian method. He is moisturized for the ages. Ought to send this to the manufacaturer. It would be a great ad. Tell them you plan on running a comparative test on the two legs as the years go by. I see this a a great companion piece to the hotel thing.

Anonymous said...

inspiring!

D/B/c/m/ said...

how do you feel about arranged marriages?

Joe said...

He might fall in love with her art, so an arranged marriage may not be needed.