Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Body art, a resume and your preferences and opinions

We are continuing with the publishing of posts regarding famous or worthy artists who express themselves with a particual attention to the Body.
Now it is time to make a resume and to discuss with you, our Readers, about the subject (at the end of the post you will find some questions)

First of all, the resume. We have wrote about:

ORLAN http://vecchiatoart.blogspot.com/2014/02/body-art-1-orlan.html 


ORLAN



Franko B http://vecchiatoart.blogspot.com/2014/02/body-art-2-franko-b.html


Franko B




Huang Yang http://vecchiatoart.blogspot.com/2014/03/body-art-3-huang-yang.html


Huang Yang




Rudolf Schwarzkogler http://vecchiatoart.blogspot.com/2014/03/body-art-3-rudolf-schwarzkogler.html


Rudolf Schwarzkogler




Yoko Ono http://vecchiatoart.blogspot.com/2014/03/body-art-5-yoko-ono.html


Yoko Ono




Matthew Barney http://vecchiatoart.blogspot.com/2014/04/body-art-6-matthew-barney.html


Matthew Barney 



Uruturamaro http://vecchiatoart.blogspot.com/2014/04/body-art-7-uruturamaro.html


Uruturamaro

Everyone of these artists is focused on the body but with different perspectives that could help us to discover how we Humans relate to our Body.

ORLAN declares the MY BODY IS MINE and the infinite possibilities of modifying it, while Franko B is focused on the idea of PHYSICAL PAIN and its relevance in our lives.

In a similar way Rudolf Schwarzkogler created painful images but his attention was towards the transformation of the Body in a THING, according to his personal and historical experiences.

Yoko Ono seems more interested in the BODY AS THE CENTER OF OUR RELATIONSHIP and to discover the limits (if any) of physical violence and domination, while Matthew Barney (he studied medicine at the University) mixes body mutations and ancient and modern symbolism with great attention to the aesthetics.

It is interesting to note that two artists from Far East are more focused on the interaction between Body and Nature: like Yoko Ono (she is obviuosly aware of Japanese culture) is interested to the Body non as an island but as a point in a net of relationships (social ones), so Huang Yang and Uruturamaro make the HUMAN BODY FADING IN A WIDER REALITY, NATURE.
Uruturamaro distinguishes here because of his/her explicit aim to take “persons” from the worst and most dirty places of the World Wide Web and to transform them in human-flowers.
Uruturamaro declared that he/she was inspired by some verses of a Japanese tea-master: “Even in the dirt, there are flowers”.

With these seven artists we can explore a variety of approaches to the body art, but which are in your opinion the most important forces that drive us Humans to have so a great attention to the Body while our culture seems to be more and more virtual and distant from the real, physical body (from Christianity tendency to privilege the Soul, to the technological virtualization of our present times)?

About the artists we have introduced here: who is the artist who has mostly taken your eyes? And why in your opinion?

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