All posts by Nadja Rottner

90 Eli Gold


Born Ithaca, New York, 1987 / BS, Skidmore College; MFA, University of Kansas / Lives in Detroit

Eli Gold’s conceptual performances explore the value of labor in art by using the artist’s own body as medium, material, and live-tested instrument. To consider art as a form of labor places emphasis on measures of time and physical effort, and on the demonstration of the processes by which a work of art is made. In addition, Gold’s work exposes how gestures of doing are inextricably intertwined with gestures of feeling, as his practice foregrounds how institutions such as art galleries regulate human behavior. The conceptual approach to performance art in Gold’s work also makes intellectual labor significant, as an a priori plan prefigures each task-based event—whose execution is an ultimately perfunctory affair.

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New writer – Nadja Rottner

Nadja Rottner is Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. She received her Ph.D. in Art History from Columbia University in 2009. She writes in the fields of American and Latin American art after 1945, with an emphasis on the intersections between the visual and the performing arts of music, theater, dance, and film. She has written for journals such as Oxford Art JournalModern Drama, Konsthistorisk Tidskrift: Journal of Art History, Artforum International, and othersShe is currently at work on a book on the intermedia poetry, performances, sculptures, and films of Claes Oldenburg.