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Günter Brus

Self-Painting (Film Action), 1964 

I really enjoy the aggressive gestures of the artist cutting and painting himself, which acts as a really connotational and symbolic body language. The monochrome face and body create a visceral appearance as if frightening both the artist and the viewer. 

The objects, such as knife and axe strengthen the sensation of violence. 

The artist knowingly disregarded norms and taboos in order to shock the viewer. This action performs the essence of self-harm and self-violation. I think, it is visually really powerful and striking because of the fact that the artist becomes a victim of his own art.

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