If the clowns of Nauman and Rodina still retain some of the outlines of traditional clowns, then American artist Paul McCarthy (1945 - ) produced the video work Painter (Fig. 4) in 1995. The incarnation of chaos that completely disrupts common sense. Compared with the aforementioned installations, McCarthy's works are closer to the form of performance. He sets up the scene in a rudimentary studio similar to a Hollywood studio.
He wears a funny big nose and an oversized prosthesis. Play as a cynical "artist" with a paintbrush in hand. Strictly speaking, McCarthy's intention is not to dissect the clown itself, but to capture the character's stupid, extreme, and even rude behavior photo retouching and caricature it. Violent clown performances have long been traced in the mid-nineteenth century. Baudelaire watched the strange and bloody executions of the English mime clowns, and classified them as "comique féroce" (comique féroce).
. In addition, the Irish acrobatic troupe The Hanlon-Lees, known for their explosive performance style and active in the 1860s and 70s, also overthrew all ethical norms, stuffing performances with slaps, cannons, crashed trains, etc. Elements [Figure 5], constitute a catastrophic spectacle.