Saturday, April 26, 2008

Location, Location, Location!!!

Like him or not, you got to give David Blaine his props for realizing the role of context. The very same parlor trick taken out of its seedy nightclub setting and performed live on a city street with TV camera in tow created a totally unique environment that was downright... magical! Performance "art" taken to the street where all the world's a stage seeking the magic of everyday life, and then some.

Conversely, take a painting (ie- any 2D artwork) out of a gallery, out of its hallowed white walls, and its monied solemnity, divorce it of the very environment that gives this contemplative medium its fragile strength, and you're left with little else than a second rate ad without copy...

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