Abramović performing The Artist Is Present, Museum of Modern Art, March 2010 - Creative Commons photo by Shelby Lessig

Abramović performing The Artist Is Present, Museum of Modern Art, March 2010 – Creative Commons photo by Shelby Lessig

While visiting MoMA during the spring of 2010, I stumbled into performance artist Marina Abramović’s installation, “The Artist Is Present“. If you are not familiar with the piece, it consisted of Abramović silently sitting in a chair and inviting members of the public to silently sit across from her. This went on for 2-1/2 months. It was an enthralling spectacle – as was the accompanying retrospective of her four-decade long career.

Watching this live, I came to the objective realization that this needed to be re-created with Star Wars action figures. With less than 10 shopping days left until we find out what happened to Luke Skywalker, I wanted to share my version of the events that transpired in that gallery – and declare myself an artist – tongue firmly in cheek.

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