Friday, June 19, 2009

The Performer - Art


In The Performer, a single abstract figure set against a simple white background reveals the nature of the performing arts and the performer who participate in them. The isolation of the lone figure reveals the solitary nature of the performer’s duties. The performer is not necessarily connected with his or her audience. Rather, the performer has an often-lonely job, separated from the rest of his fellow humans by his position on a stage, just out of reach.
The spare white background against which the image of the performer is set suggests yet another facet of the life of a performer. By definition, the onstage musician, singer, dancer, actor, or other artist must create a performance. Though written music, pre-planned choreography, or a clever script may assist in creating this performance; in essence it does not exist until the performer creates it. In this way, the performer creates something out of nothingness each time he or she takes the stage. This nothing is represented in the stark white background that the performer alone must fill.


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