Kate Gilmore was probably the first performance artist whose work I really enjoyed and appreciated. She was definitely the first artist I saw (in any medium) using endurance in a way that interested me, in a way that stressed the difficulty of her task but didn’t strain to make her look a pitiful object. And, hmm, I don’t know, I guess I still like endurance-based performance but I wish I could see it being taken in more directions. Last time I checked up on her (which was like two minutes ago, because I just found out about Jody Wood and she reminds me of Gilmore in some ways) she was still doing the same old sheetrock-and-stone stuff. Sure, she’s not the poster child of performance, but a lot of young performance artists seem to be going in this direction. Which is great — it’s better than the body-based stuff and it shines a light on the fuzzy area between physical expression and plastic art, and how failure in one area enables or inhibits success in the other, which I find exciting — but it’s same-y. Need to find moar performance art pronto.
Nice video here. Will look into more of her work.