About a week ago I got a call from my fellow JC Artist and partner-in-crime, Nyugen E. Smith and he tells me that Mana Art Center is kicking off the Jersey City Art tour this year and that he is planning to do a rogue unsolicited performance outside of the gallery and that I should join him. Now understand this. I am a video artist/photographer – I’m no live performer. I have no problems performing for an unresponsive camera all day long, but performing in front of an unsuspecting audience scares the crap out of me. So, I said Yes! Well to be honest, I enjoy a challenge and it is hard, if not impossible, to say no to Nyugen. Nyugen, who is always enthusiastic about the work he’s doing and who is always up for anything that moves his art and others’ artwork forward. Frankly, he is the artist I want to be when I grow up.
So Friday night I dragged two artist friends along for support and heavy lifting, two 20lbs bags of dirt, my screenplay of Samuel Beckett’s End Game, all the nerve I could muster and we headed off to the unknown. I will say briefly that it went off amazingly. I learned so much about my piece, performance in general and the audience (More about all of that later). Thank you Nyugen for the inspiration!