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BEYOND MEASURE, A PERFORMANCE ART SURVEY, FOCUSES ON THE PRACTICES AND SUBJECTS ARTISTS EMPLOY TO EXPAND THEIR MESSAGE USING IMAGES AND PERFORMANCE ART.

The issue is focused on the images that are captured during a performance, how the artists exercise visual imagery to deliver a varied perspective, understanding that there is no public present, just the camera. Often, performance art is intended to be experienced live, in real time, with images functioning as a recording action. The issue #08 features artists who use performance art as a medium, in ways that may lead to a different outcome, or just as experimentation.

Featured artists:

Adrienne Crossman, Canada @fakechildhood
Scott Crandall, US @s.quaredog
Nadja Pelkey, Canada @easiestprovidencetodraw
Cristin Richard, US @ttmoross
Jessica Frelinghuysen US @paperhelmets
Jude Abu Zaineh, US/Canada @judewheresmycar_
Moira Maloney, US @moiranmaloney
Jetshri Bhadviya, US @jethsri
Erica Gressman, US @no_egress
Leslie Rogers, US @buttflincher
Melanie Manos, US @melanie_manos


Preview

Adrienne Crossman


Exist – stills from a performance for video (50 minutes). Video documentation of me tattooing a version of my own artwork on my ankle – a flag / pennant that reads EXIST. This work is about the act of queer bodies existing as a form of resistance, and to celebrate existence as being enough. The presence of queer bodies can often disorient hetero patriarchal society in ways that disrupt every day interactions. The presence of queer bodies represents a queer potentiality, an orientation towards another way of being that is not often comprehended by ‘straight’ society.

A full version of video can be viewed here





Death Rehearsal


by Leslie Rogers

Today in America, when a body leaves your average hospice home, a passage quilt often obscures the body bag, concealing it from terminal onlookers.

Neighbors watch each other leave in bags all the time, waiting for their magnificent moment in the corpse parade, under a finely stitched passage quilt. With hundreds of hours of toil necessary to make one piece, quilters today make “passage quilts”

[use corners of body bag for air quotes]

for this exact purpose. The body fills the body bag, which is folded back to expose the head, and is covered up to the chin with a passage quilt, to create the illusion of sleeeeping... Once the body is in the vehicle, the quilt is folded up and returned to the hospice home for the next to pass. It is a garment for passing... passing as alive!