Site specific performances typically involve a negotiation between an artist and site where elements of the place influence the design of the event while the event itself draws from and influences the history of the site.
Once in a while a performance created within the space of gallery changes not only the interior but also our relationship to and memory of this space. Nancy Bannon has created such an event, called “Cornfield,” in Transformer, an apt title for the venue that is home to this installation and performance.
The creation is riveting and defies categorization. It is site specific in the sense that Bannon has created a cornfield within the space of the gallery, juxtaposing the natural elements (massive stalks of corn) with material that is plastic (Visqueen). Three performers – two men and a woman – inhabit this crowded interior along with an audience of six to eight people.