Every time I visit a craft fair, I consider the sheer volume of landscape paintings that must exist in the world. It makes sense; nature is peaceful and inspiring, and entices creative urges. However, performance artist, Chase Angier has put an entirely new spin on bucolic painting.
In ‘Framing Edgewood Farm,’ Angier mounted a huge frame atop a hill opposing a farmer’s field. Then on a brilliant blue day, she invited an audience to sit in white lawn chairs placed in front of the frame. While drinking mason jars of lemonade, they watched the farmers atop their tractors tend the field.
Angier’s performance brings to light some interesting differences between painting and performance. Angier frames nature instead of imitating it. In doing so, she takes out the artist-middleman, asking the audience to witness the many strung together-moments that a painter sums up in a single image.