MILLIE BROWN: Gross, Grotesque, or Gorgeous? (Warning, Viewer Discretion Advised)

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Millie Brown. You may have heard of her. You may have not. You may have seen her in LADY GAGA’s music video (see clip below), and been like “WHO IS THIS YOUNG LADY WHO STICKS HER FINGERS DOWN HER THROAT TO VOMIT (LITERALLY VOMIT) BLUE GLITTER MILK ONTO GAGA’s GOWN?!!!” in her video “Exorcist Interlude.” Some critics are even calling her the next Jackson Pollock (read this article – I swear I am not making up this connection). Is this real life?! Sadly, yes.

She has gotten her art down to a perfection. Brown starves herself for two days. By resisting any form of nutrients, she makes sure there is nothing inside of her that would contribute negatively (if this is not sending a negative message in itself) to her abstract painting (see example through image below).

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After two days, she is ready to put on her performance. If this isn’t gross enough, you may want to STOP here. THANK YOU FOR READING, TRULY I APPRECIATE IT HOWEVER, WARNING: I GET INTO MORE DETAIL…

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Anyways, MB dyes the milk colours of her choice for the canvas. She typically sits and drinks, once in a while stands, but only drinks one colour at a time. She then regurgitates this one colour onto the canvas (see image above) until she feels it is completely out of her system. She will force her fingers down her throat multiple times. Again. And Again. And Again. Literally, until the last drop is out of that colour… And then restarts. ONTO THE NEXT COLOUR.

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While Pollock may have been a drunk, and died because of his disease, he was creating these FANTASTIC performances pieces in themselves through his movements seen by the traces of paint dripped and splattered onto the canvas.

Brown, on the other hand, who is getting LOADS of attention, and sadly I’m just feeding into it here, is, breaking away from “traditional” performance art, but is she? Think Yoko Ono “Cut Piece,” any of Marina Abramović’s “Rhythm” series, Joseph Beuys’ “I like America and America Likes Me…”All of these artists have put themselves in harm’s way. And willingly. But they were not making themselves throw up on command. Especially now, in a society that is pressured by “looks” – i’m so sorry to say this, but “WHAT THE EF?!”

What kind of a message is she sending to all societies and their youth? What message is GAGA sending?! We know GAGA is all about the arts, but she has a tremendous youth following! HOW IS THIS OK? It is one thing to test your body to the limits through strength and endurance, but it is another thing to be bulimic and be making money off of such a sick process, literally. Personally, i’d prefer one of Warhol’s “Piss” pieces. At least it was a natural bodily function.

Well CultureHe(ART)s, sorry for the disturbance, but I wanted you to be “in the know” should anyone be taking about this “new girl on the block” that vom.coms to make art.

Now it’s LADA GAGA vs. LADY GAG. OY. If you would like to see a true performance piece feel free to look it up on YouTube. I truly do not believe in sharing any more of her videos, because I believe it is sending a completely dysfunctional message, even though the finished product may be viewed to some as “beautiful” and “gorgeous.” What do you think?

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Gross, Grotesque, or Gorgeous?

XX, CHC (p.s. Like our Facebook page! Or Follow us on Instagram @CultureHeARTs)

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Jay-Z and Marina Abramović Join Forces @ Pace Gallery NYC for Jay-Z’s NEW MUSIC VIDEO “PICASSO BABY”

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History is in the making. Rap master/lyricist SENSATION Jay-Z aka HOV and performance GODDESS Marina Abramović have combined forces for Jay’s new video “Picasso Baby.” Yesterday, clips and images were released of HOV shooting his video with the goddess herself at Pace Gallery in New York City. Listen and watch the interaction in this video, it is  truly AMAZING seeing these two artistic power houses unite. This I would say is PERFORMANCE ART at its FINEST!

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Can life get any better right now? I think not!

XX, DP

The Controversial Chicken? Examining Miguel Suarez’s Performance @ Alberta College of Art and Design

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I have not ranted since my last article on Damien Hirst. Well here I go again…Recently, Professor Gordon Ferguson at ACAD (Alberta College of Art and Design in Canada) was FIRED (seriously a career down the drain over a chicken) after a performance piece by one of his students Miguel Suarez. This piece consisted of the artist taking a CHICKEN and slitting its throat in front of an audience in order to show the visceral act and process of consuming a chicken – maybe it will make you reconsider the conditions in which chickens are kept before they go into our tummys. Now, it might seem a bit strange, it is strange, but ART IS STRANGE.

What BOGGLES my mind is the absolute UPROAR and BACKLASH that the professor and artist received afterwards. Apparently, after the “horrific incident” counselors were brought to the school to consul the witnesses who had to endure this (ohhhhh soo tragic) event. Really, really? How many time’s have we seen in art the cruel realities of life? Between Abramovich cutting herself in various performances in which she purposely mutilated herself and Beuys’ living amongst a pack of wolves – you don’t find that absurd or difficult to understand? Or what about Chris Burden having someone shoot him on purpose? That does not bother you? Would you ever do that to yourself? The whole point is – it is in your control. If you knew this was going to be the performance and did not like the thought of it why did you attend? You could have protested? I’m sure PETA would have. Eh?

Peace Out, K

Apparently This is How To Become Art

At two of the most famous art institutions in London – Saatchi Gallery and Tate Modern, these two men decided to take it upon themselves to make themselves into piece of art.

Is it art? Performance art? Installation art? The BEST part about this is that whomever was guarding the rooms at the time was probably just playing their crossword puzzles -in PENCIL obviously, because PENs are forbidden in museums – aka you can’t erase whatever mark it would leave should it fall out of your hands and g-d forbid create something as EXTREME as Yellowism. Or maybe they were just reading their Kindle… Just saying from experience of going to several museums and watching the room attendants – they tend to be in their own world at times.

Lesson of the day – keep your eyes open. Who knows what you will come across???!

XX, DP (@dpayt / @CultureHeARTs)

Marina Abramovic’s Performance Takes an Emotional Turn

Marina Abramovic, the Serbian female performance artist many of us are familiar with, is known for testing the limits of her body. But this was not the case for her performance at MOMA (2012) entitled “The Artist is Present.” She sat in a chair, clothed, surprisingly, in a brilliant red gown, NOT naked, for a total of 700+ hours. Here, Abramovic would share one minute with each visitor who dared to have a silent stare off with the queen of performance art. She looks down between each each guest, eyes closed, and then opens them when they sit down, not knowing who or what to expect.

Well folks, this is SO MAJOR. On her opening night at MOMA her former lover of 13 years, who also was her partner in her performances, decided to SURPRISE her. They have not spoken since they parted at the Great Wall of China decades ago.

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The video speaks for itself. PLEASE watch and embrace life and beauty for what it is.

Remember the past, look forward to the future, but never forget those who impacted your he(ART).

xx, DP

Terms All Should Be Familiar With – “IKB” & “YBA”

There are two terms that all should be aware of in the contemporary art world: IKB and YBA. While they have nothing to do with each other essentially, they should be a part of your vocabulary.

IKB stands for International Klein Blue. Yves Klein, a French artist, created inspiring performances along with creating sponge-works that often use this pigment (and reach incredibly high prices at auction). He too creates works on canvas, often monochrome, applying paint thickly and textured. It is the most significant, brilliant, awe-inspiring blue that Yves Klein himself developed and has became his trademark. While IKB can be seen on canvases and sponges (and some statuettes too), it can be found in his performances as well. Klein in the 60s had nude models dip themselves in paint and brush up against a canvas making their bodies act as a paint brush. They models who took part in this and the viewers who watched this action/process piece witnessed such creativity as a a live symphony was playing aside them. “Klein adopted this hue as a means of evoking the immateriality and boundlessness of his own particular utopian vision of the world,” according to MOMA. But folks, do not try and recreate this blue – for its formula is a secret and only YK knows its components. Sorry dudes, you will just have to go to a museum (Tate Modern has one) and witness this greatness in person if you ever feel the urge to see it in the flesh – which we HIGHLY recommend you do. It will create a lasting impression in your he(ART).

The next term we think is an absolute necessity is YBA. YBA stands for Young British Artists. Artists such as Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Sarah Lucas, Mark Quin, Rachel Whiteread, and the Champan Brothers (and more), were members of this Goldsmiths College organized group. They first exhibited in London in 1988 with their first show FREEZE, curated by Hirst.

YBAs are noted for their shock tactics – think Hirst’s “Shark Tank” (above), or Tracey Emin’s “My Bed” (below “Shark Tank”). Both create a sense of shock, horror, and for some, fear. While Emin’s work is more biographical, for she had a rough upbringing, Hirst is creating works for the sake of g-d knows what? Emin’s bed is surrounded by empty alcohol bottles, tobacco butts, stained sheets, worn undies – as a result of one her nervous breakdowns. Hirst has placed a dead shark in formaldehyde. GROSS, and yet, some people LOVE it. As we’ve mentioned before, we think his works have become too commercialized. But that still does not stop him from being one of the founders of the movement we all should take note of. We as viewers should also be aware of the fact that they too use untraditional forms of media to create their works of art. While some may find their work appalling, other’s find it intriguing.

What is your he(ART) telling you?

xx, DP