Francis Alys (Contemporary Artists (Phaidon))

Francis Alys (Contemporary Artists (Phaidon))
Library Shelf Location 18.ALYS
Publication Date May 2007
Description In 1997 Belgian artist Francis Alys (b. 1959) created a performance work called "The Loop for InSITE", a biennial group exhibition held in Tijuana, Mexico. Addressing the idea of international borders and the contemporary ease/unease of global travel, Alys' contribution was a journey that started in Tijuana and ended in the nearby border town of San Diego - never, however, crossing the Mexico-U.S. border. The artist instead took the long way, skirting the Pacific rim from Mexico to Panama, Sydney, Bangkok, Vancouver, Los Angeles and finally San Diego. The Loop took Alys one month and five days rather a few minutes - an absurd journey that called attention to Mexico and America's frought attitudes to their shared border. Combining humour, sensitivity and an extremely personal connection to the people and places where he works, Francis Alys often employs the basic human activity of walking to create performances, photo documentation, videos, slide projections and paintings. The artist first came to international attention with a performance work called "Narcotourism" ('NowHere', Lousiana Museum, 1996) in which he walked the city of Copenhagen over the course of seven days, each day under the influence of a different drug. Alys here underlined the wholly personal experience of artmaking, as well as the hyperreal and unnatural experience of contemporary tourism, reducing his travels to completely interiorized, personal 'trips'. A very independent artist belonging to no particular group, Alys' is a unique and truly international voice in today's global art world.
ISBN 9780714843216
Quantity 1
Pages 160 Pages
Authors Cuauhtemoc Medina, Jean Fisher, Russell Ferguson
Format Paperback
Publisher Phaidon Press Ltd, London
Related Artist Francis Alys
Categories Painting, Live Art/Performance, Artist (relating to a single artist/collaborative team), Film and Artists' Moving Image
Keyword Drugs
Artist's Nationality Belgian
Language English

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