Britt Lorraine, performance, art

beauty might show up

The “beauty” performances are a series of three performances that were viewed through the front window of our studio on three consecutive fridays during Contemporary Art Month 2010 in San Antonio, Texas. Viewers were encouraged to come and go as they pleased.  They could stay and peek into the window for the duration of the piece (usually about 2-3 hours) or leave once they had seen enough.

Portrait of Mary June

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This first performance is ” A Portrait of Mary June” (Britt’s grandmother). Britt played the card game solitaire in her grandmothers dress for 3 hours, drank coffee and listened to a football game blaring from a T.V. in the corner of the room out of the viewers site.

No Fear of Symmetry

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For the second “beauty” performance Britt Lorraine performs 2 1/2 hours sitting on a cinder block buttoning and unbuttoning the top 2 or 3 buttons on a white collared shirt she is wearing while facing a mirror. Her back is always to the viewer.


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For the final “beauty” performance “fin” Britt Lorraine lays on a stainless steel table for 2 hours in lace undergarments, smoking cheap cigarettes and drinking champagne. The movie “Scarface” is showing on a television screen duct taped to the base of the table, facing the viewer, and out of Britt’s sight. The sound of the movie is also being projected at a high volume out to the viewers peeking into the window. Roses are offered to the viewer to pull from the window before they leave the performance.