For the past four years, Margie Livingston has been dismantling the line between painting and performance. In a hybrid form of Action Painting, performance, and Land Art, she drags constructed paintings across terrain, inscribing the canvases with the ground to what she calls Extreme Landscape Painting or “non-painting painting.” Inherent in this process is the use of chance procedures and the knowledge that the ideas change and evolve as she gets into the work.
Using her body as an instrument pits her natural introversion against a desire to perform; the absurdity of dragging a painting in public triggers shame. Shame envisions judgment from others, presumes an audience, and complicates the relationships between performer, witness, and participant. As works of art, the performance artifacts evoke Color Field and Action Painting but, having been dragged in the street, also speak to darker forces in our culture.
The grouping titled “Dragging Self Doubt” resulted from an experimental, interactive performance that Livingston produced reflecting on chance, creative destruction, and collective release at the Seattle Art Museum’s annual Party in the Park. Guests were invited to write something they’d like to let go of onto a painting. Dragging the painting around the park offered an opportunity for catharsis as the face of the earth and the weight of gravity colluded to erode away the words. “Because doubt is always lurking around my studio,’ says Livingston, ‘waiting to ambush me if I get too cocky, I immediately connected with the painting on which someone had written self-doubt.”
MARGIE LIVINGSTON: The Earth is a Brush
Exhibition Dates: January 11 – February 15, 2020
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 11, 2020 from 5pm – 8pm
LUIS DE JESUS LOS ANGELES
2685 S LA CIENEGA BLVD
LOS ANGELES, CA 90034