Untitled, 2015

Mixed Media

Coffee and vaseline on watercolor paper

30.00 x 21.00 in

76.2 x 53.3 cm

Unique Work

This work comes unsigned.


    About The Work

    Clifford Owens is a photographer and performance artist who has worked in performance for over two decades. Also a writer and scholar, Owens has frequently advocated for the visibility and recognition of black performance artists. In his own work, which is influenced by the body-centered practices of performance artists in the 1960s, he often requires audiences to manipulate, move, dress, touch or otherwise engage directly with his body, resulting in actions that are defined by chance and spontaneity. This work on paper is part of a group of works made within a number of private performances, and are referred to, by Owens, as “abstract figurative drawings,” produced in ways that are “similar to the process of making photographic prints in a darkroom. The Vaseline creates the latent image, the coffee is the alchemy that develops the image.” As he does when describing his performance series, Owens tends to focus on the procedural elements of his work; but, it is hard to overlook the deeper proscenium of history and identity in which these works have been staged.

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    About Clifford Owens

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