Although this was a one night show, I am going to let it slide as the project was a year in the making. Walking up to the gallery there is a yellow curtain flapping in the wind. I look inside and it is very cheerful. The gallery is filled with yellow garments.
It looked like the fleamarket as all the walls were filled with a variety of yellow shirts. Throughout the gallery, different articles of clothing are suspended from the ceiling. Walking through the installation of the clothes, felt like I was hiding in between the racks of clothes in a department store. The garments beckoned me to run my hands through them. I resisted, for I am strong. That, and I probably would have pulled down the whole installation. Along the wall were photos of the people that donated/ exchanged their yellow clothes.
I've never deconstructed a performance, but I'll give it a try. Since I do not know the artist, I was not privvy to experiencing the actual performance and have only the show, website, and the postcard to go off of. The website is another version of the show and displays the clothing and donors. The postcard states, "By embracing community and reciprocity, art through action is realized."
So the parameters are: one year timeframe, yellow colors only, exchanges preferred, but donations accepted, and everyday must wear one article. There was no apparent deviating from the parameters. Sounds like friends and a close circle of acquaintances participated as the community. Kelly Bradford bartered her own clothing for a new wardrobe consisting only of yellow items. Ms. Bradford's experiment succeeded in achieving her predetermined goals. But I am having trouble finding the realization of art.
I wonder if she is trying to undercut our capitalist society, but I think bartering is a part of that system. Then I ask if creating community awareness is the art, but that didn't really work because I didn't see it move beyond the artist's circle of friends. So what is left? Just the act of doing something and claiming it as art? Well, there is the choice of color. Yellow is supposed to mean happiness, cheerfulness, etc. Wearing this colorful hue every day for a year would probably brighten up someone's life.
I enjoyed the presentation of the final day of Ms. Bradford's performance, and I appreciate her determination in conducting this experiment without deviating from her plan. The art is weak, or at least hidden from me. Yet I think this show/ performance was NOT BAD.
I'll tell you 'bout what I sees.