Saturday, July 09, 2005

Ta Da!



While waiting, I engaged a crossdresser in conversation. It didn't get very far, sadly. He wanted me to switch over to msn messenger and I couldn't or I'd lose my connection to the gallery.

I got one participant for my final performance - another artist looking to find a gallery to represent him. He wandered in while scoping out the commercial galleries.

And, that's it. The show, for me, is finished.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sorry, but I really don't see why you think this is art, even of the avant garde type. Perhaps that is why it bombed so outrageously weekend after weekend - no one got it or thought it was art.

Honestly, it just seems like someone spending time making up something to coincide with the invention of chatting/instant messaging. It seems greatly opportunistic to me.

I don't mean to be rude, but perhaps you should spend more time taking an introductory art class then chatting and maybe you would be more successful with your endeavors.

Frankly, you seem like a person who is a bit too inappropriately sexual and crude to want to explore any type of serious art form with. The donuts coming out of your mouth was not only disgusting, but rather declasse.

I think you have ruined any chance at serious art expression and appreciation anyone COULD have had for something like this with your crudeness.

8:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

to each his own i guess. i was quite taken with anne's performance. the obvious sexuality and power imbalance was the point to are some other opinions on the matter.

10:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is quite interesting that the other commenter pointed to these 'reviews' because the first one simply mentioned the show, and the second one referred to Anne's performance in a rather derogatory fashion:

"Jean-Paul Kelly's Mom and Dad photos are fantastic. Two middle aged people in green hospital gowns adopt saucy poses; with small, secret smiles eachs shows a little leg, hands clasping ass-cheeks. They nod, coy, over the shoulder as their gowns reveal glimpses of pale flesh. Neither flamboyant nor exaggerated, these matching poses are quietly sexual. On the oppposite wall is a yellow photocopied hospital brochure, matted and framed, with pencil scrawlsindicating directions. A room number is written next to an arrow that points to a spot on the map, "Dad is here."

Plastered about the walls are pictures of Anne Walk's webcam persona, Miss Mew, leering and grabbing her titties. The images themselves look like commonplace amateur soft-core porn. The accompanying dialogue is chilling. Walk shares an online correspondence with one "Tony" who sent her donations via Paypal in exchange for photographs. The dialogue is predictable — "you are such an incredibly sexy-lady" — but interspersed with automated messages from Paypal: "This email confirms that you have received a Payment for $25.00 USD from Anthony P". The exchange is stark and raw, the fact of the transaction itself disturbingly arousing in its utter lack of either content or human contact."

It seems to me that the review pinpoints my original point - it was nothing but a crude and disgusting display of sexuality that seemed out of place amidst the other pieces of art on display.

The stark contrast to the theme of the show brought out something that was outrageous and probably jeopardized the entire show itself.

Again, I don't mean to be rude, but it seems as though Art 101 is in order.

10:43 AM  
Blogger Devlon said...

Art 101 for you anon:

Art is in the eye of the beholder, art is beyond categorization and labelling.

Art is an exression of our soul.

Not all are is for everyone and nor should it try to be. You do not define art.

Art define art.

10:53 AM  
Blogger Anne Walk said...

hello anonymous,

i'm curious as to how you discovered the show and my performance. have you been up to the gallery? did you participate in the performance and arrive at your conclusions? is your connection to it through my blog specifically?

are you involved in the art community where you are from? are you an artist?

sorry for the inquistion. i find it useful to have a context.

i am not offended by what you have written. i have been called inappropriate many times and i've become accustomed to it. what i am is curious.

do you feel that sexuality has no place in visual art or is it the "low brow" nature of the webcam that infuriates you? what kind of messages do you consider appropriate to send in an Art context? what is serious art?

11:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, actually, kattmandu, art is not beyond categorization. If you have taken any rudimentary art appreciation class in COLLEGE, you would have known that. The first thing I learned in my college art appreciation class is an appreciation for form, substance, originality and base. While Anne certainly has originality, there is no substance, form, or base.

Oh, and by the way, art that is on display in a public gallery has to appeal to others and touch them - not just you. Perhaps this art touches someone's loins, but not their intellect. Oh, and by the way, sexuality is based in the brain, not the genitals, so an understanding of sexuality is not needed on my part.

So, to say that art is just an expression of your soul, is very limited. Perhaps that is the reason why so many artists are closeted in their attics and basements "creating" and never quite see any measure of successful interpretation of their "art." It has to be able to be understood by others without long explanations.

However, since this is not YOUR blog, kattmandu, it is ANNE'S, I'll address HER show, not YOUR'S (I don't believe you have one, by the way...)

While I am not a visual artist, I have been involved in various parts of the art world, rather heavily, where I am from. My exposure to your show is from your blog.

Please do not mistake my comments as being infuriated. I am simply stating that if you, in fact, believe you have talent in artistic expression, perhaps you should channel your energy in a way that is ART, and not pseudo-art.

I am not opposed to sexuality in art, in fact I find it to be an important part of visual expression. For many years, throughout centuries, artists have used the human form as fodder for artistic expression, so it is without pause that artists should use it now. Nor am I opposed to the use of a webcam.

It is your crudity that is at exception, Anne. I am not trying to insult you but I will no longer beat around the bush - one reviewer said it looked like soft core porn. What does that tell you? Porn does not equal art, Anne.

I consider it inappropriate to look like a tramp, to hold your titties and pose for pictures to be displayed on a side of a gallery, to open your legs on a web cam, and to fondle yourself at the behest of stranger - all in the name of art.

Those things can be purchased in the back of adult boutique for 25 cents.

2:37 PM  
Blogger Anne Walk said...

twenty-five cents is a very good price for such performances, anonymous. you must tell me where this boutique is!

also, can you recommend a good art school? i hope to be an artist someday. perhaps if you gave me a short list of artists whose work you admire, i would have a better understanding of what you consider to be Art.

i am curious as to whether you are male or female. care to divulge?

I see where our opinions differ. I happen to believe that porn can be art. there is actually a very long list of artists that deal with porn as a subject matter and not a few who engage in it as an art practice. Some of it is quite good. whether or not this particular performance is good or not is, of course, open to individual interpretation.

nevertheless, i'm glad that you have come by to share your views on the topic. differing opinions always make for lively debate.

3:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i too would like to know where said boutique is. sex shows are getting so expensive.

i think if anonymous actually saw the rest of the show he/she would be upset with steve reinke's amateur porn photos/drawings (or jp's shots of his parents for that matter). anonymous would most likely hit the roof if he/she visited the gallery.

the notion of camp never came up in the critique. i think that is somewhat important. regardless, anonymous has some very strong views on anne's performance which is always a good thing.

it is up to the audience to pose anne for the pictures. so isn't it partially the audience that makes it crude? anne is merely creating an outlet for people. i had her do the motions from the itsy bitsy spider. it was quite beautiful. i mailed myself some pics from the gallery as a keepsake.

i am very interested in anonymous' list of cool artists. maybe this is a matter of personal taste. a little misunderstanding because we're not on the same page.

4:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, I have never seen such evidence of someone so impressed with their credentials of a 'COLLEGE' art appreciate course, to the extent that they now consider themselves the final word on both the nature and purpose of art, as well as what constitute's sexuality! For centuries some of the world's finest thinkers and writers have struggled with these topics, and have yet, to my knowledge, come to any neat & decisive conclusions such as those so resolutely given by Anonymous. This exceptional art critic is so bold as to single handidly characterize Anne's person, dismiss her talent (not to mention dismissing any potential for porn in art!) without even seeing the show!! This is certainly an amazing show of confidence, but I am not so sure how useful it is in contributing to the enduring, challenging, fun, and yes - sexy, exchange of ideas that surrounds art.

Anne's work is brave and generous in the best (and rarest) way. Nomatter how much work I see, how much art theory I read, it is subversive and challenging work like Anne's (also made fun and approachable to a wide range of participants) that makes me pause & rethink my own entrenched ideas about what 'art' is. I think this is in itself one of the most valuable, and again may i say rare, talents that an artist can possess. No it is not safe, and it will not get you on a hit parade of everyone's favourite little bit of art. But for artists like Anne who dare to heave themselves out of the safety net of the status quo, just at a chance to add to the discourse, I thank you. That is the kind of confidence I so greatly admire.

8:24 AM  
Blogger Anne Walk said...

hi sarah,

thankyou for your wonderful comment.

8:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Yeah, that's all I got...

So I'm sitting here at work, all blitz'ed and not knowing what to say to all of this. I figure that I'd be a regular participant and all, but I don't like the idea of beeing turned into art. I'm not art, I'm fruit... and not the good kind either. I'm the kind that went over ripe on your kitchen table like 3 days ago when you forgot to toss it out, kind-of-fruit.

Anyhow... as much as I tried, I have never made it out to a show of Miss Walks... and I tried, but was incapable of performing such a simple task. I know... retarded as always, but I tried none-the less... I'm quite inefficent.

I'm looking at it all the subjects as Miss W's(Anne for all of you close people) works as as topics that makes you think... sort of. It's all real, it's all new, it's all very difficult to digest.

Yes, I said it... it's difficult to process... so that is probobly where the difficulty is coming from... even for a mentally slow person such as myself to try to come to grips with.

Either way... it takes me a day or two to catch on to what is going on... it may take some others as well... I mean... WTF is up with purple shoes, French immersion schools and the fear of playing competitive pool?

... I digress... and I digress hard... I'm going home to sleep this one off, because, as always, I'm making no sense what-so-ever.

1:21 PM  
Blogger Anne Walk said...

hello S.

your digressions are very odd, indeed.

glad that i make you think....sort of:)

i think that sleeping it off would be a good idea.

4:59 PM  

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