Upcoming 3D moving portrait installation in New York June 10-26th, “130919: A Portrait Of Marina Abramović” by photographer and artist, Matthew Placek in association with Second Ward Foundation, Basilica Hudson and VISIONAIRE FILM.
Marina Abramović is one of the greatest performing artists of our time. She has explored the limitations of body and mind for over 30 years with controversial and inciting works that challenge the relationship of performer and audience. She has created performance art that brought out the worst in people, as in Rhythm 0 1974 where audience members were asked to take an active role while Abramović remained passive, surrounded by an array of violent and pleasurable tools (including a loaded gun) and use them on her. Members of the audience were kind at first, using a feather to stroke her, then turned aggressive, using razor blades to cut her.
She has also brought out the best in people, like 2010’s The Artist is Present at MoMa, where she sat in silence, immobilized and held eye contact with visitors for 736 hours and 30 minutes. Her intention was to create a space of presence which naturally reverberated into channeling deep emotional pain, leading to tears, connection and healing.
Whatever it was, Abramović remained a fearless explorer of the depths of the conscious and unconscious in humanity.
This time around, Abramović is the subject, and not the artist. A Portrait of Marina Abramović highlights Placek’s ongoing pursuit to immortalize his subject’s past, present and future in a single composition. These short films are shot in one take, without dialogue, and offer uninterrupted moments with artists as they interact with surroundings meaningful to each of them. 3D cinematography enhances the intimacy of the vignettes, collapsing the space between viewer and the subject’s essential nature.
The work originated in Hudson, New York, but will be installed in the Second Ward Foundation’s ground floor at 71 North 3rd St. The exhibition runs every 15 minutes and is free of charge. For more information, click here.