Ironic to Iconic: The Performance Works of Tanya MarsÂ is a comprehensive look at the career of Canadian performance art legend, Tanya Mars, from the early 1970s to the present.
Paul Couillard, former director ofÂ FADOÂ Performance Art Centre in Toronto and editor of the book, sums up the importance of the artist’s work with the following: Mars has relentlessly shown us that the best way to the jugular is through the funny bone, creating a series of compelling ‘three-dimensional pictures’ that have made her one of Canada s most acclaimed and important performance artists.
This anthology offers a comprehensive look at her early career as well as her many recent major works and successes, including extensive photo documentation in a 32 full colour page break, and a DVD featuring video documentation of her durational 7-hour site-specific performance work produced by FADO in Toronto in 2004, Tyranny of Bliss.
Ironic to Iconic: The Performance Works of Tanya Mars includes contributions by some of Canada’s most respected and established performance artists, theorists and champions including Paul Couillard, Tagny Duff, Jennifer Fisher, Randy Gledhill, Nelson Henricks, WillÂ Kwan, Paul Ledoux, Joanna Nash, Jennifer Oille, John Oughton,Â Andrew James Paterson, Pam Patterson, Kim Sawchuck and Dot Tuer.
An innovative leader in the performance art scene here and internationally, Tanya Mars makes art that is courageous, humourous, operatic and original. Ironic to Iconic gives the reader a cogent and too little known background to Mars’ career and her role in the development of performance art in Canada.