J.J. McCracken

Performance Art

Editorial Review

By Michael O’Sullivan
Friday, June 7, 2013

Performance art is a funny thing. Some of it is good; a lot more is just plain weird. And once it’s over, where does the art go?

As the performance art festival Supernova” gets underway this weekend in various venues around Rosslyn, one of the area’s best and most consistently intriguing performance artists also is opening a physical exhibition. On Friday from 6 to 9 p.m., Hillyer Art Space will host a reception for “J.J. McCracken: A Recursive Lens,” which features photographs and performance detritus documenting McCracken’s 2011 performance of “Thirst and the Martyr,” one of the standouts of that year’s (e)merge art fair.

During the opening, the gallery will live--stream video of McCracken’s “Supernova” performance, “the still point,” a 24--hour endurance piece taking place from 5 p.m. Friday to 5 p.m. Saturday in Rosslyn’s Dark Star Park, 1655 N. Fort Myer Dr.