Friday, February 12, 2016

Trick Photography & Performance Art

Camera Sightings

Sense of Freedom: Yves Klein’s “Saut dans le Vide” (“Leap into the Void”), Fontenay-aux-Roses, Paris, France, October 1960. 360 x 280 mm. 
Photo Credit Shunk-Kender (Harry Shunk and János Kender). Gelatin silver print. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation in memory of Harry Shunk and János Kender. © 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris. Photograph: Shunk-Kender © J. Paul Getty Trust. The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles.
Source
: Aesthetica


Performance art is used as mode of expression, often presenting some inward reflective reality; photography has many purposes, not the least of which is to capture a sense of some outward reality. When combined, the results are not always predictable, often a mix of seriousness and humour, poking fun at the self (personal identity) and of accepted traditional mores (community standards). When the world “tilts” a certain way, it invites both commentary and social critique. Even so, performance art has a lighter side, it examining how expectations can shape our views; and the camera in its capturing of still images, can allow the imagination to run with wild abandon, as this famous image undoubtedly does. The void can represent anything unknown, as this image suggests, which can upset or surprise the viewer’s expectations of reality. 

The story of how Yves Klein [1928–1962], a French performance artist, achieved this “flying performance” in a Paris suburb is told here by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. It involved a photo-montage and the use of trick photography. There were many others, Aesthetica writes in announcing the upcoming exhibit at the Tate Modern in London, England: “Performing for the Camera” at Tate Modern will examine the relationship between photography and performance, from the invention of photography in the 19th century to the selfie culture of today. Bringing together over 500 images spanning 150 years, the exhibition will engage with the serious business of art and performance, as well as the humour and improvisation of posing for the camera.” 

The exhibit will run between February 18, 2016 and June 12, 2016.