Day Nineteen, Play Nineteen.

Right… so today’s challenge is about crossing over between art forms.

[…] But what about all those that were very unique to that art form. Can we borrow from their manifesto and apply it to playwriting?
What would it mean to write a pre-raphelite play? or a rococco play? or a pointilist play? Or a somatic play?

[…] You can go back to the cave paintings I guess… or to brutalist architecutre… or anything! Just pick a movement or an art form that is not applied to theatre yet, research it – and write a play in that style – whatever that may mean.

Art.

What is art? What is it’s nature? What makes art Art? What gives art value?

These questions are just a few of those not addressed in my play, written after 11pm on a Sunday night after a LONG weekend away.

I figured this task could end up being pretentious. It could be argued that the art that inspired it is pretty pretentious… I mean… it’s a mirror. So, I embraced pretension and ran with it. I mean really ran with it.

I based my play on one of the many times an artist has hung a mirror and called it art. This is what the gallery label had to say about the piece, featured at the Tate:

Since the Renaissance, painting has often been likened to a window upon the world, with central perspective giving the viewer a sense of surveying what is contained within the picture frame. In a bold gesture, Art & Language turn this century-old convention upside-down by replacing the painting’s surface with a mirror. Rather than look at an image of the artist’s making, viewers are now confronted by themselves, thereby questioning a long-held notion of painting transcending reality.

Gallery label, April 2009

You could call it another cop out… you’d be right. But you can’t argue with it, it’s Art!

Enjoy!

Day 19: Look Back

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