Somewhere in Fitness Heaven, Jack LaLanne's biceps are smiling down, preparing their spiritual descent upon Dallas tomorrow night in a Pentecost of absurd artistic revelry. You see, just like the late-great LaLanne's epic stature, from his Kilimanjaro pectorals to his Stonehenge quadriceps, monumental strength is often best realized in concert, and that's just the concept behind In Cooperation With Muscle Nation, a collective of seven artists holding their first collaborative show, Flex-Us, on Saturday night at Ro2 Downtown.
|Immediately after passing away last year at 96, LaLanne challenged The Lord to a push-up contest.|
A play on the 1960s Fluxus movement, Flex-Us will combine live performance art, photography, video, and "found objects [transformed] into sculptures covered in paint," all with an aim to "bring the outside in."
Having recently met one of the artists involved - CentralTrack resident, Ph.D. candidate, teacher, and dancer/performance artist (among other intriguing things) Danielle Georgiou - we decided to investigate the beautiful madness promised by Ro2 co-owner, Jordan Roth. First, a down-and-dirty art history lesson from MoMa:
Derived from Latin for "flow," Fluxus is most commonly associated with George Maciunas, Dick Higgins, and Yoko Ono, and is occasionally grouped with Neo-Dadaism and Pop Art. Very broadly, it consisted of festivals showcasing myriad artistic media, relying heavily on audience participation, free play, and anti-aestheticism as seen through the mundane. Most importantly, Fluxus exists "in the moment," emphasizing "unfettered play in search of uncharted insights." A prominent name in the Fluxus movement, as it exists today, Kent State's Allen Buckoff put together these impeccable graphs detailing fluxus as a both cultural phenomenon and as a formal movement in art history.
|In Cooperation With Muscle Nation|
|A still from Georgiou's "Danseuse Privée." |