(things that have already happened)
"Yve Lomax says; ‘Let us finally laugh about those who called rigorous what was precisely their soft discourse. And let us no longer scorn what is soft – fluid ensembles.’ (Lomax, 2000) Bean is more Eva Hesse than Carl Andre and this pleases me. There is nothing efficient about the work, it is contingent upon too many variables and this is what keeps it (her?) alive. But, this contingency scares people, the non repeatable, non rehearsedness is terrifying."
- Victoria Gray writing on performance at OUI Performance BLEAK ACTIONS (February 2011) - Link to full essay here.
"Bean circles the space towards the end of her performance. The materials she uses; butter, cut glass, knife, and blood are sharp and soft, blunt and broken, gushing and refined. The small sound system plays a monotonous list of 4 digit figures. HIGH 1582 LOW 1643 HIGH 1465 LOW 1478. I watch and collect my thoughts as she spins her circles and catches me inside them.”
- Joanna Loveday, Review from The Sixth National Whippet Night (February 2010) - full article here
"The last image of your performance, well after the performance was over is of you pulling your tyre and your stick out of the boot of a car. You look portable, holding all of your objects like a shell, looking to find the bus route [home]. You are both vulnerable and strong, lost going into an invisible battle with your tyre as shield and your stick as sword. How can we console an image like this, a vehicle without its body? Only tyres left tired and burning, still not knowing what to carry what to hold onto yet still moving."
- Victoria Gray, writing on Solace In Motion, action at ArtEvict (October 2010) - full article here