Sunday, June 26, 2011

Body art :

Body art is art made on, with, or consisting of, the human body. The most common forms of body art are tattoos and body piercings, but other types include scarification, branding, scalpelling, shaping (for example tight-lacing of corsets), full body tattoo and body painting.

More extreme body art can involve things such as mutilation or pushing the body to its physical limits. For example, one of Marina Abramovic's works involved dancing until she collapsed from exhaustion, while one of Dennis Oppenheim's better-known works saw him lying in the sunlight with a book on his chest, until his skin, excluding that covered by the book, was badly sunburned. It can even consist of the arrangement and dissection of preserved bodies in an artistic fashion, as in the case of the plastinated bodies used in the travelling Body Worlds exhibit.

In Western art, body art appears to be a sub-category of performance art, in which artists use or abuse their own body to make their particular statements.

In more recent times, body became a subject of much broader discussions and treatments that cannot be reduced to the body art in its common understanding. Important strategies that question the human body are: implants, body in symbiosis with the new technologies, virtual body etc. A special case of the body art strategies is the absence of body. The most important artists that performed the "absence" of body through their artwoks were: Keith Arnatt, Andy Warhol, Anthony Gormley and Davor Džalto.

Examples of body art

Vito Acconci once documented, through photos and text, his daily exercise routine of stepping on and off a chair for as long as possible over several months. Acconci also performed a 'Following Piece', in which he followed randomly chosen New Yorkers.

Chris Burden actually had an assistant shoot him in the arm in his piece ‘Shoot’ (1971), which was observed by a live audience. This was documented in an eight-second video and is a notorious example of video art as well as performance art. In ‘Through the Night Softly' (1973), Burden crawled naked through broken glass, which he saw as stars in the sky, and turned the video footage into a ten-second commercial that was aired on television. In ‘Locker’, he spent five days jammed into a 2' x 2' x 3' locker at UCLA; in ‘Sculpture in Three Parts’ (1974), he sat on an upright chair on a sculpture pedestal for 48 hours, until he fell off due to exhaustion; in ‘White Light/White Heat’ (1975), he spent 22 days alone and invisible to the public on a high platform in a gallery, neither eating, speaking, seeing or being seen. Most of these performances are known only through photographs or short video clips.

The Vienna Action Group was formed in 1965 by Herman Nitsch, Otto Muhl, Gunter Brus and Rudolf Schwartzkogler. They performed several body art actions, usually involving social taboos (such as genital mutilation).

Marina Abramovic performed ‘Rhythm O’ in 1974. In the piece, the audience was given instructions to use on Abramovic's body an array of 72 provided instruments of pain and pleasure, including knives, feathers, and a loaded pistol. Audience members cut her, pressed thorns into her belly, and also held the gun up to her head. The performance ended as scheduled after 6 hours. [1]

The movement gradually evolved to the works more directed in the personal mythologies, as at Jana Sterbak, Youri Messen-Jaschin, Rebecca Horn or Javier Perez.

Jake Lloyd Jones a Sydney based artist conceived a body art ride which has become an annual event, participants are painted to form a living rainbow that rides to the Pacific Ocean and immerses itself in the waves, Sydney Body Art Ride...


Friday, May 01, 2009

© body art by Yasmina Alaoui

© body art by Yasmina Alaoui

© body art by Yasmina Alaoui

© body art by Yasmina Alaoui

© body art by Yasmina Alaoui

© body art by Yasmina Alaoui

© body art by Yasmina Alaoui

© body art by Yasmina Alaoui

© body art by Yasmina Alaoui

© body art by Yasmina Alaoui

© body art by Yasmina Alaoui

© body art by Yasmina Alaoui

© body art by Yasmina Alaoui

© body art by Yasmina Alaoui

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Emily Svec Body paint

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Body art painting by Michael Rosner

Kim Joon

Body art by Kim Joon

Monday, January 26, 2009

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Photography: ©2006 Mike Smithson

Model: Morgan Davis
MUA: Allison McBride
Assistant: Andrée De Villers
Location: Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada
Copyright: Sarah DeVenne

Caption: inner beauty
Location: the perishingimage
Copyright: Jonathan Sorber

Copyright: Bijan Studio
Photos Michael Wilkie

Caption: Yulia
Location: Vancouver, WA.

Caption: Nursery Rhyme - Hickory Dickory Dock
Copyright: © Cheirodon 2005

Friday, January 02, 2009

Caption: Ribbon
Location: Texas
Copyright: DVNC-Arts

Credits: Visual Whispers

Caption: Assassination Alley
Location: Orlando, FL
Copyright: Pashur / Josh Cruey

Copyright: Andy G., UDOR

Caption: The Kiss
Copyright: Burke Heffner

Body Paint & Photo Paul Roustan

Location: new york
Copyright: morton/golub

Caption: Nurse Layne~body paint.
Copyright: A.Kaye Photo

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

COLOR PINK - video

© Michael McPherson Jr
Queen of Blending (Makeup Artist)

© Photography by Demetrius Gonzales

© Photography Natalie Shau

© Photography by R.Hewitt

© Photography by Michellex Star

Friday, November 21, 2008

© Photography by Claire Mc.Adams

© Body art painting by Emma Hack Australia

© Body art painting by Emma Hack Australia

© Body art painting by Emma Hack Australia

© Body art painting by Emma Hack Australia