This year Alison Jacques Gallery is participating at Pinta Art Fair 7-10 June with a solo Lygia Clark performance-based stand. The idea was to produce one performance a day, these would involve around a two hour commitment from the volunteer participants per day.
Lygia Clark was a Brazilian artist best known for her painting and installation work. She was often associated with the Brazilian Constructivist movements of the mid-20th century and the Tropicaliamovement. Even with the changes in how she approached her artwork, she did not stray far from her Constructivist roots. Along with other Brazilian artists Clark co-founded the Neo-Concretist art movement. The Neo-Concretists believed that art ought to be subjective and organic. Throughout her career trajectory, Clark discovered ways for museum goers (who would later be referred to as "participants") to interact with her art works. She sought to redefine the relationship between art and society. Clark's works dealt with inner life and feelings
Please find below the brief descriptions of the performances:
Canibalismo / Cannibalism, 1973 (Fruit)
A blindfolded participant lies down wearing a plastic boiler suit with an inner lining which has, at the level of the abdomen, a horizontal zip giving access to an inner pocket. Near to him the other participants sit down, also blindfolded, and take out and eat fruit which had been put in this pocket, leaving and picking up the bits which the others nibble.
Baba Antropofagica / Cannibalistic Slobber, 1973 (thread)
A group of participants have reels of cotton thread in their mouths, from which they slowly pull out coloured threads in order to cover the body of another participant who is lying down. At the end the participants entangle their hands in the threads.
Corpo Coletivo / The Collective Body, 1986 (body-suits sown into eachother)
In 'Corpo Coletivo' (collective body) 8 participants wear coloured full-bodied suits which are interwoven to eachother, restricting movements and enhancing interaction.
Schedule (all times specified are the beggining of the performances, which should last about 1 hour) we have now increased the number of performances per day.
Thursday 7 June - Cannibalism - 4.30pm and 7pm
Friday 8 June - Cannibalistic Slobber - 12pm , 3.30pm and 6.00pm
Saturday 9 June - Collective body - 11.30am, 3.30pm and 6.30pm
Sunday 10 June - repeat of Cannibalism - 12pm and 4pm
We are asking all performers to come to the stand (A11) 10 mins before the performance so we can explain what is needed from the participants.
London, SW5 9TA