New York

“Terra Bomba”

Exit Art

Half peep show, half arcade, “Terra Bomba: The Land That Explodes,” the first part of an installation-and-performance program, comprised twenty-two works by young artists who performed live (simultaneously) within their constructed sites for four hours every Saturday afternoon. The queezily voyeuristic mood of the show recalled the clashes of bodies and gadgetry that were a frequent feature on the performance scene two decades back (e.g., in 1973 London’s Gallery Haus was transformed into a house of horrors by artists, including Stuart Brisley, who lay in a bathtub submerged in black muck; in New York, Jean Dupuy’s Broadway loft was converted to a fair featuring artists like Julia Hayward or Pooh Kaye performing behind canvas stalls and grommets). “Terra Bomba” also referred to two earlier shows at the gallery: “Let the Artist Live,” 1994, in which artists lived and worked in the gallery

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