Hyperallergic Talks Accessible Performance Art with Buddy the Rat, Jonathan Lyons #ArtTuesday
If you’ve been curious about the person behind the rat we think you’ll enjoy this read from Hyperallergic:
H: Do you think people see it as performance? You mentioned a few different reactions — do you think some people think, “Oh, a dude in a rat suit, just another day in New York”?
JL: Yeah, exactly. I do like that it’s being described as performance art, because that’s the most accurate thing: I consider myself a theater artist, and I’ve had a long career, so that’s where I come from, legit theater. For example, the components of the costume are a lot more sophisticated than people might realize at first glance: the interior of the mask has electronics in it, the eyes are rigged to blink, the whiskers are made of fiberoptic cables that can light up. I took a lot of care into the way I sculpted it. The grooves of the face reflect light in a very specific way to evoke a living creature. Sometimes, when I encounter real animals, like a dog or a cat, they will often freak out because they see me as a four-legged, living thing. I have someone who made the tail, but everything else I built, I found the pieces for the suit and built the mask from scratch.
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