Performance

Job Creation in a Bad Economy

by Ruben Millares & Antonia Wright
View Statement '1, 2, 3, go!' the artists start to run, slam into walls, books explode everywhere, their bodies fly across the floor, and in the end both are affected and in need of rebuilding. Job Creation in a Bad Economy, a new video series by the collaboration of Ruben Millares and Antonia Wright, is a playful commentary on the somber issue of the devaluation of the arts and education in our society. Increased budget cuts in schools, libraries, and arts programs in general, leave the country not only underfunded, but sluggish and apathetic. With the extreme action of tearing down these bookshelves, the artists physically and metaphorically tackle the bureaucracy and walls that uphold these systems. In each video, the artists crash over and over again through the piles of books, leaving the viewer feeling sympathy for Millares and Wright, yet laughing at the ridiculousness of the situation. After the fall, someone has to pick up the mess. Who will it be?

Love on an Escalator

by Ruben Millares & Antonia Wright
View Statement In Love on an Escalator, Antonia Wright and Ruben Millares, kiss in public. In the work, one sees the audience encounter the artists; they comment, laugh, look, don't look, look away uncomfortably, and look again. In this on-going project, the simple repeated gesture of the kiss tests the rules of social conduct. Why do kids stare? Adult women sneer? Men high five? And in some situations, no one looks at all. The artists stand; staking their place in the world, ignoring judgment, and declaring love. In a society flooded with sexuality and sexual imagery, why does an innocent kiss cause such confusion? What is this act challenging? This intimacy is too intimate live.

The kiss is a minimalist performance that explores the connection between art and the ordinary to create something extraordinary. By kissing in places such as a boat show, Wright and Millares change the landscape of normal consumer culture. Their bodies, entwined, become a sculptural intervention, playfully disrupting the shopper´┐Żs course, with an act of love. There is an element of chance in the performances, as one never knows what the reaction of the public will be.

Drinks on Me

by Ruben Millares & Antonia Wright

Kissing Project

by Ruben Millares & Antonia Wright
View Statement We kiss in public in different cities. They walk around us, comment, laugh, look, don't look, look away uncomfortably, and look again. In this on-going project, the simple repeated gesture of the kiss tests the rules of social conduct. Why do kids stare? Adult women sneer? Men high five? And in some situations, no one looks at all. We stand; staking our place in the world, ignoring judgment, and declaring love. In a society flooded with sexuality and sexual imagery, why does an innocent kiss cause such confusion? What is this act challenging? This intimacy is too intimate live.

In the spirit of Fluxus, this video employs the kiss to highlight the accessibility of art in every moment. The kiss is a minimalist performance that explores the connection between art and the ordinary to create something extraordinary. Allen Revich, said Fluxus "makes the mundane magical". By kissing in places such as the mall, we change the landscape of normal consumer culture. Our bodies, entwined, become a sculptural intervention, playfully disrupting the shopper's course, with an act of love. There is an element of chance in the performances, as one never knows what the reaction of the public will be.