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Fri, May. 8th, 2009 08:53 am
Take care of yourself

I know most of you are sick of hearing about my art show now, and I'll shut up about it soon, I promise. But it's obviously the most important thing happening in my life at the moment -- an intense daily soap opera that we write in real time -- and these pages are going to reflect that. Today the notoriously-hard-to-please art critic Roberta Smith gives the show a thumbs-up review in the New York Times, so I'm just going to run what she said. It's important to me; there's absolutely no money in this show for Aki or for me, but we definitely want people to think it's great. We want them to come, and linger, and ponder, and come again.



New York Times, Art and Design section, Friday May 8th 2009
MOMUS WITH AKI SASAMOTO
‘Love Is the End of Art’
Zach Feuer Gallery
530 West 24th Street, Chelsea
Through May 16

My short visit to Momus’s third performance-exhibition at the Feuer Gallery on its opening day earlier this week established one thing: I’ll be back. This time Momus, a British musician-turned-performance-artist, has teamed up with Aki Sasamoto, a recent graduate of Columbia University’s M.F.A. program in performance, sculpture, dance and installation, and, apparently, an all-around natural in terms of stage presence.

From 2 to 6 p.m. on weekdays and noon to 6 p.m. on Saturdays, Ms. Sasamoto will draw diagrams on the wall and perform various tasks that include tossing potatoes attached to bungee cords and dicing grapefruits with Japanese ice skates, while breaking into monologues that have a wile and wildness all their own.

Filling in the silences, Momus alternates between the role of commentator (art critic, according to the news release) and spurned lover. Dressed as a Kabuki stagehand in head-to-toe black, wielding a clip-on lamp and occasionally mounting a ladder, he tracks every move Ms. Sasamoto makes, only to be ignored in return, as any Kabuki stagehand would be.

The activities have a Dadaistic flair, but it is the improvised verbal back and forth — assured, sharp and from the core — that grips. The lack of demarcation between art and audience also keeps you on your toes. ROBERTA SMITH

It's really nice that our review gets juxtaposed with this review of Sophie Calle's show Take Care of Yourself (Paula Cooper Gallery), which I saw at the Venice Biennale in 2007, and which is a great piece, somewhat in the same vein.



I really admire how Calle gets close to the bone of her own emotional life in her work. In Take Care of Yourself she showed a lover's kiss-off email to a variety of people (a clown, a singer, a shrink, and so on) and got them to interpret it and suggest ripostes. The theme of unrequited love obviously chimes with the theme of Love is the End of Art: if Aki's character did have anything to say to the obsessed stalker-kuroko who follows her every movement, it would probably be "take care of yourself".


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nightspore
nightspore
Muster Mark
Fri, May. 8th, 2009 12:56 pm (UTC)

Congrats. She liked Vik Muniz's show. She's been an idiot about Brandeis's Rose Art Museum. (You should post on that, by the way.)


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Dating Moscow
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(Anonymous)
Fri, May. 8th, 2009 06:32 pm (UTC)
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me.jdcasten.info
me.jdcasten.info
Fri, May. 8th, 2009 10:02 pm (UTC)
Talking Past Each Other?

Sophie Calle’s been a long time favorite of mine— she’s done some stalking too.

Congratulations on the very positive NYT – Roberta Smith review! The whole concept of a Kabuki stagehand art critic stalking what I imagine must be Ms. Sasamoto’s imaginative performance sounds brilliant—the improvised execution must keep “you on your toes” too. This reminds me of conversations I’ve had where I’ve lost my interlocutor’s point for trying to come up with my own.

Although you document it well, I wish I could see this in person!


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(Anonymous)
Fri, May. 8th, 2009 10:55 pm (UTC)

Fischerspooner :) (http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2009/05/madonna_fischerspooner_and_tha.html)


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(Anonymous)
Fri, May. 8th, 2009 11:11 pm (UTC)
sat 9th

I am getting confused with your schedule momus. Are you and aki going to be present tomorrow, on Saturday, at the Zach Feuer? I apologize if you already communicated this in a previous thread and i make you repeat. Thanks


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Sat, May. 9th, 2009 12:21 am (UTC)
Re: sat 9th

Yes, we're performing tomorrow from noon to 6pm.


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(Anonymous)
Fri, May. 8th, 2009 11:27 pm (UTC)

You think if I crapped my pants in a gallery setting she would give my "show" a positive review?


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Sat, May. 9th, 2009 12:26 am (UTC)

Aki says: "You'd have to be wearing no pants for it to show."


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krskrft
krskrft
Sat, May. 9th, 2009 01:32 am (UTC)

But the smell could easily give it away, don't you think?

Note: I would actually like you to personally relay this question to Aki Sasamoto and acquire from her a response.


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(Anonymous)
Fri, May. 8th, 2009 11:31 pm (UTC)
Love is the end of art

These words "Love is the end of art" mean so much to me...

I wish I could take a plane right now and fly from tel aviv to see it.

Sophie Calle is so smart and artistic. I like her. Can send her a love letter email but afraid that she wiil use it in her next exabition:)

TROY
www.troy.co.il


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pay_option07
pay_option07
Fri, May. 8th, 2009 11:52 pm (UTC)
unrequited love obviously

If you where to take your kabuki image as a silhouete of a highwayman or road agent. It might prove as romantic as Alfred Noyes poem about the landlord's daughter, Bess.

I like Aki's boot laces! Are they neon?


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Sat, May. 9th, 2009 12:24 am (UTC)
Re: unrequited love obviously

Aki says: "No it's end-of-rainbow colour!"

(We're in a vegan cafe.)


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eclectiktronik
eclectiktronik
eclectiktronik
Sat, May. 9th, 2009 01:46 am (UTC)

hope it goes well, but (perhaps because I haven't seen it and probably will not have the opportunity to), I have to say it all seems quite enigmatic. I haven't a clue what it's all about. At least going by the title, It seems to ask more questions than it answers - is love really the end of art? if so, why? for whom? what is the relationship between love and art, anyway? how is that relationship manifested? whose love? what artform? and what does all this have to do with the content of the performace as revealed on here? ( free monologues with no limits, stalking and following.... )

yours,
confused of milton keynes.


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sm255
sm255
sm255
Sat, May. 9th, 2009 11:46 am (UTC)

I think the show sounds great, and I'm glad you are writing about it here, because I can't get there to see it. It's fun to have an inside view about it, so please keep on. Does anybody else on lj have such an interesting life as you? that would be NO.


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(Anonymous)
Thu, May. 14th, 2009 04:58 am (UTC)
a sneak peak

I am posting what I filmed with some reservations: sound quality is not great... I hope this does not spoil the feel too much...





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