Dr ROBERT ORGAN
PERFORMANCE ART 2020
‘Performance Art’ is a project created by the
photographer Dr Robert Organ from photographs taken in 2019. It is split into a number of sub-themes
which explore various interpretations of the title: the art of performing by
people and animals, art used to facilitate a performance (e.g. set design and
costumes), graphical illustrations of performances, botanical beauty and exciting artworks and sculpture
(inferring a level of concept, skill and performance in their
preparation). All of the photographs
are documentary in nature and were captured and printed digitally. The sub-themes are as follows:
This shows people at work and leisure where there is
a sense of performance to the public.
Many photographs were taken as
people prepared for a Wales Rugby World Cup game in Nagoya. Others include an infant’s school musical parade in Okayama.
Cosplayers are people who dress-up in costumes. In Japan, it is common for the young (and
sometimes not so you) to dress in the
costumes of anime characters. The photographs in this sub-theme concentrates largely on
these who had gathered at an event in Kyoto.
Natural beauty is depicted in this sub-theme where
the photographs have the order: flowers, leaves, trees, natural
landscapes, gardens with interesting architectural backdrops and art and
sculptures of natural forms.
The Windsor dog show was documented. The photographs are loosely ordered using a
time-based approach: the show ground with its stalls, arrival and movement of
the dogs through the show ground, the dogs waiting in their cages for their
turn to be judged, grooming and preparation for the big moment, judging
before finally awarding the prizes.
Masks, costumes, painted backdrops, billboards,
souvenirs and lamps make up this sub-theme.
The photographs show exciting and challenging sculptures. Many were photographed at the Towada Art Center and the biennial sculpture festival at the Odney Club in Cookham. The photographs are ordered: busts, full body figures, multiple figures, natural forms, industrial and architectural forms and abstract sculptures.