Fun of the Fair at the Art Fair Basel Switzerland 2012
By The Art Newspaper. From In The Frame
So who says that performance art has to be durational and dull? Certainly not Los Angeles-based artist Kathryn Andrews, who delighted the Art Parcours opening crowd with an hour’s worth of international top-notch vaudeville acts staged along the banks of the Rhine. Among the line up were UK juggling duo, the Dapper Chaps, Linda the Dutch Wheel performer (above), a pair of hand balancers from Hungary and Bruce Airhead, the giant balloon maestro. All the fun of a fair, in fact.
Kathryn Andrews (b. 1973 Mobile, Alabama) gets inspiration for her sculptures from driving around Los Angeles and taking in the city’s jumble of cultures, styles, and values. Her practice nimbly navigates the histories of pop, minimalism, light-and-space, and the readymade, as well as L.A.’s “finish fetish” movement, which shared her fascination with car culture. Exactingly fabricated chrome-plated objects—from steel bars and tubing to security windows and cages—are often placed alongside inexpensive store-bought commodities or objects rented from prop houses.
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