We were talking about conceptual and contemporary art in Art Theory Seminar - and, inevitably, the discussion turned to what is good and bad conceptual art and why. Now, one might say that conceptual performance art + clay=mud. And one would be right.
The artist JJ McCracken makes the strongest and most eloquent case that performance art and clay does not necessarily equal mud. I wander to her website periodically and wallow in the senseless vapidity of my own work. You can too -> just visit www.jjmccracken.com
Seriously, I love her pieces - especially Stasis and the Hunger Project Performance. The Hunger Project reads like an Austrian opera set.