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(originality written on August 7, 2012)

Our first field trip was yesterday! We visited The Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center and experienced (there really is no other word for it) the Deliverance exhibition. The description their website (http://www.thecontemporary.org/exhibitions/deliverance/ ) gives is this:

“This exhibition presents four provocative artists who use performance to create meditations on power, identity, sexuality, and race. Whether acting in front of an audience or the camera, they confront fears and fantasies, construct personas, learn new skills, and put their bodies into challenging situations. Like many of the figures from the history of art and popular culture that have inspired them, they are adept at shaping the space between the self and others––in gallery and museum contexts, outdoor sites, and the Internet.

Deliverance features documentation of their private or public events in the form of videos, photos, and texts. While in Atlanta, each artist will present a live piece: a workshop on skinning, a collaboration with a dog, a performative interview, and a unique photo shoot.” 

“Deliverance.” Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. http://www.thecontemporary.org/exhibitions/deliverance/ (accessed October 11, 2012).

Let me say that I loved this field trip. We met with the Artistic Director and Curator  Stuart Horodner. He is a very coll and interesting guy who knows how to engage his audience. He made the artwork come alive. I was already excited to go to the center but he really added to the experience.

There was a lot going on in Deliverance but there were three artist who I was really taken with  Jayson Scott Musson, Clifford Owens and Laura Ginn. 

Laura Ginn made the biggest impression on me. She did a video called The Human Factor where she has a  huge salmon and she silly dances with it. This is only the beginning however, the video becomes progressively bizarre and provocative as it continues. She then starts to sexually engage with the fish by dancing provocatively and kissing it. Then she moves to violating it in very violent ways.

It’s just strange.

I haven’t quite looked at fish the same way since.

Sill I could not look away and perhaps that is what I took away from the experience -how to engage your audience even when they’re horrified. Her piece grabbed your attention immediately and there was no looking away.

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