I am obsessed with Bas Jan Ader. I am fascinated by the mystery surrounding his final performance and I am swept away by the romanticism of his work. His more popular works can be viewed online via his website. There is also a fantastic documentary about his life and final voyage entitled "Here is Always Somewhere Else". Continuing from a previous post, in reviewing Anelli's portraits of Abramović's performance, I am eerily reminded of Jan Ader's work: "I'm too sad to tell you". In retrospective, Jan Ader's collective works play with the idea of Conceptualism, questioning the relationship between the artist, the art and the audience.
Marina Abramović's retrospective and live performance "The Artist is Present", paired with photographer Marco Anelli's reactionary portraits, capture raw, primal emotions without pretense. The connection between individuals and the art(ist) establish a secondary body of work allowing broader audiences to interact with the performance and participate at yet another level -- using online social medias.