"I became less interested in performance and more interested in setting up a situation that I could videotape. I was interested in having an audience that peered into something that was actually being made for the camera."
In a new previously unpublished interview conducted in Los Angeles in 2009, current 100 Artists featured artist Paul McCarthy traces the development of ‘persona’ and ‘performance’ found throughout his video work, from early productions like Ma Bell (1971) up through later works like Bossy Burger (1991).
Among the works shown here is Spinning Room (1970/2008), installed at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York in 2008. McCarthy developed the idea for the installation around the same time as one of his early video works. Also shown here are the related works, Bang Bang Room (1992) and Mad House (1999/2008).
IMAGES: Production stills from the Art in the Twenty-First Century Season 5 episode, Transformation, 2009. © Art21, Inc. 2009. Artwork courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth.