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The Performance of Making Art (2021)

video (4:07)

commissioned by MoMA Public Programs

As part of MoMA’s public programming for the video art exhibition, “Shigeko Kubota: Liquid Reality,” I was invited to create a video response to her 1985 video “SoHo SoAp/Rain Damage,” which chronicles a flood in the artist’s studio and the conditions of being a working artist in NYC in 80s. My response mimics the stylistic parameters of Kubota's work, who shot her films in a very DIY, unfussy, documentarian manner on her Portapak. Using my iPhone to document my own practice, I ​explore a central question raised in her work: What are the material and economic realities of sustaining an art practice? And I ask: Is it possible to be a non-commercial artist without overworking?

Public Program: "Close Looking at Shigeko Kubota" 

Artists: Maia Chao and Jesse Chun

Exhibition: Shigeko Kubota: Liquid Reality

Funding: MoMA Public Programs

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