Saturday, April 25, 2009
Saw a performance of this legendary LA artist. Cool. He has created this huge analog music machine, and sings sort of like Tom Waits. Interrupts his performance to talk to the audience.
With him was another visual artist, Norton Wisdom, who “performed” painting. I’ve been aware of this phenomena for a while, and even planned to spoof it in a performance of my own. It’s even weirder than I thought. The artist “painted” on backlit glass with big brushes and squeegees, making strange figurative images. After about 10 minutes, he’d get out a camera, take a picture of his “work,” then wash it down and start again. The process of painting as a trained seal act. But everyone seemed fascinated to watch an image appear as if by magic.