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How to Perform like an Artist, 2020

Soup Kitchen, Manchester with Short Supply

 

How to Perform like an Artist makes direct reference to Joseph Beuys’ performance, How to explain Pictures to a Dead Hare (1965). It takes elements from his famous performance as a starting point.

 

I painted my dominant hand and arm with raw honey and pure gold leaf, two powerful germanic symbols. Once finished, I licked and groomed myself clean with my tongue, consuming both those symbols and making comment on the values of artistic production in an act of awkward queerness.

"Luke Beech, painting his right arm in honey and gold whilst half naked, then proceeding to eat these applications off of it, fetishised the currency of the artists unique touch." - Chris Bailkoski