“Vienna is not Los Angeles. My work came out of kids’ television in Los Angeles. I didn’t go through Catholicism and World War II as a teenager, I didn’t live in a European environment. People make references to Viennese art without really questioning the fact that there is a big difference between ketchup and blood. I never thought of my work as shamanistic. My work is more about being a clown than a shaman.”
Paul McCarthy speaking about his influence from Viennese Actionism, but distinguishing the difference between their ideals and his.
i’ve recently been experimenting with different materials (found in a skip) to create a primitive style costume, inspired by the Russian Pagan costumes in The Rite of Spring ballet.
“The film was initially condemned for its satire on the French upper classes and was greeted with derision by a Parisian crowd on its première. The upper class is depicted in this film as capricious and self-indulgent, with little regard for the consequences of their actions. The French government banned it.”
“The earliest experience of art must have been that it was incantatory, magical; art was an instrument of ritual. (Cf. the paintings in the caves at Lascaux, Altamira, Niaux, La Pasiega, etc.) The earliest theory of art, that of the Greek philosophers, proposed that art was a mimesis, an imitation of reality.”
by Susan Sontag
In four separate stacked video screens, a clown screaming “No” repeatedly, a clown telling an annoying children’s joke, a clown balancing goldfish bowls, and a clown sitting on a public toilet.