Monday, 2 October 2017

"The Red Drum" Performance Art - 1989 - Montréal - October 2, 2017

"The Red Drum" was initially conceived and performed in a storefront window on Avenue B and 2nd in the East Village in 1987.  At that time, I was conveniently located across the street from "Art Space B-2" aka as "The Gas Station" aka as "The Garage", an unconventional underground outdoor space where anyone could hang out and make things, watch others work on their creations or pick up stuff to create their own works of art.

One afternoon, I strolled over and asked one of the guys if he had an old oil drum I could have as a prop for my performance and he happily obliged.

Throughout my performance art life, I have always been into latex body paint, so for "The Red Drum", I came upon the idea of painting myself as a living sculpture, an extension of the oil drum.  My deliberately slow movements, which ended in holding full 2 minute poses, were choreographed to a Die Form industrial music track, which blared out onto the sidewalk through a couple of speakers.  

As I moved through the window space which had been painted red, I experimented with different movements and poses all the while playing with the low overhead lighting for extra effect.  

As a small crowd of late night spectators gathered around the store front, I recall seeing a local New York artist filming my performance from the other side of the window but to date have never seen the actual video. 

These photos were taken in 1989 at Montréal's Les Foufounes Électriques as I opened for a local punk band and re-created a toned-down version of  the original "The Red Drum".  Enjoy!