Is This It?

Joey Versoza has a show in the CAC which is… interesting to say the least! His show incorporates the use of photography, videography, and sculpture (or more installation art). His show was inspired by the late Michael Jackson’s This Is It tour and how it never came to fruition. There were blurred photographs of people working in the studios, HUGE balloon sculptures with a looped video track of Jackson’s most famous videos and moments, and lastly there was a chandelier with plaid shirts hanging off of it. I have to admit though… it left me asking myself, is this it? Due to Michale Jackson’s fame and success, and the media coverage of his death, I expected something more. I got the connection between the Christmas trees and how life is fleeting, but I was not understanding the plaid shirts that came from target (I only know that because they still had tags on them). Not to mention right in the other room there were photographs of empty beds, and it was silent. There was also a bed that looked like it had come straight out of an insane asylum. So, to take myself out of that space and bring myself into that space of weirdness was an almost impossible feat. I am not sure how the other people I was with felt about it, but if you were there, or have seen the show yourself and agree or disagree feel free to comment!

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  1. I haven’t seen this show but it does sound confusing. There are so many aspects of MJ that limiting it to one tour (or seemingly the tour and his death, or the result of the tour due to his death, or…something) seems almost impossible. I admit, I was only a semi-Michael fan before he died, and am now more of an actual fan, but I have always recognized his talent and his colossal impact on the music world. I never though he was into plaid though- more into sequins.

    The idea of the brevity of life is a common thing among artists. I myself find it in my own work. Right now, my family is close to it and that alone is terrifying. No matter how many times we encounter death, we never get used to it.

    I don’t know if you remember when MJ died, but I do. We weren’t even fans, but my entire family sat around the TV and watched the news that was covering the situation for at least an hour. Celebrity deaths have a strange impact on society. When Cory Monteith died, I was sad for days. I actually cried. I never met him, of course, but I had seen every episode of “Glee” and felt like I had been friends with him for years. Of course, I hadn’t. He death (aside from emotionally) did not impacted me or change my life at all. I had never met this person, I never would, and he had no inkling of an idea that someone named Rebecca Bickers from Ohio watched his show. It feels like it means nothing.

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