How Performance Art Entered the Mainstream
For his garment conception for ART CAPSUL, McNamara played with the motifs of dance, and dancer's legs, transforming this classic motif into a leg link pattern as the custom textile for the top, and a pleated skirt featuring dangling dancers legs in the alternating colors of blue and pink.
Ryan McNamara is an internationally acclaimed New York based artist, whose practice is centered around performance art. He has presented at major art museums and on stages internationally as well as retail settings including Louis Vuitton. Utilizing the human body and movement as the primary medium in his work, McNamara's practice intricately explores choreographed performances, often incorporating dance, synchronistic themes, and questions of uniformity. He regularly employs his own body as the performance medium, as well as featuring large troupes.
“Performance is inherently subversive in that the presenting institution cannot guarantee what is going to happen,” says video and performance artist Ryan McNamara. His comment references a 2010 in-boutique performance commissioned by Louis Vuitton, in which dancers spontaneously licked a signature handbag until it was covered in saliva, wreaking havoc on what was supposed to be a pristine performance. Heavily influenced by the MTV music videos he grew up watching, McNamara is known for situation-specific works involving the participation of viewers, professional dancers, and other artists. In early 2012, "Still", his first solo gallery show, mandated that visitors pose for photos donning unusual costumes and enacting stills from performances, an inversion of the typical artist/performer relationship. In the second phase of the exhibition, he displayed the photographs decoupaged on the objects, backdrops, and costumes used in the performances.
American, b. 1980