Hayley Newman

Ikon Gallery

Hayley Newman is a performance artist. Last year, for example, she spent a week in Matt’s Gallery in London attempting to assimilate and give order to the content of the previous six months’ newspapers. She did so through a succession of actions derived from everyday domestic and work activities. At least, I think that’s what she did. I only watched her for a little over an hour, so I can’t be absolutely sure.

This is a universal problem. By nature ephemeral and invisible to all but a handful of people fortunate enough to be in the right place at the right time, performance lives through its documentation. Asked what she does, the performance artist’s answer usually goes something like this: “Here’s a picture of one I did earlier. It doesn’t say much, so I’ll tell you what happened.” Newman’s “Connotations-Performance Images 1994-1998,” 1998, one of two groups of works in this exhibition,

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