“I am very inspired by Marina Abramovic,” 26-year-old Venenezualan artist Julio Gaggia told The Observer yesterday as he prepared for his life in the fishbowl of Chelsea’s BoConcept store. The young man would be slightly tweaking the “live-in” performances of Ms. Abramovic, including “The Artist is Present” (where she spent 730 hours in a chair at the MoMa, letting people sit facing her and stare into her face), or the much more grueling “Balkan Baroque” for the 1997 Venice Biennale, wherein she spent four days in a broiling basement, cleaning cow bones and weeping.
“Oh shit, someone is drinking my rosé!” He suddenly exclaimed, as friends and gawkers mingled around his new “living” room. He quickly ran to get a glass before it ran out. Read More