John Osorio-Buck

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Stockade for a Recovering Painter, 2001

This staged performance consisted of having myself secured in stockade for a period of time to an invited male audience. The face of the stockade is a traditional landscape painting, isolating my head and my hands, leaving the rest of my body vulnerable, subverting the male privelege of possesion of the land, often a representation of the female body, through painting. The stockade, a traditional device of public exposure and punishment in the New England colonies, and the performance served to conclude my career as a painter and accuse myself publicly for engaging in that artform without question.