Bastiaan Johan Christiaan Bas Jan Ader 1942 – disappeared 1975 Dutch performance artist, photographer. Many instances photograph and filming of his performances. His father was executed in 1944 by the Nazis for helping Jewish escape.
Graduated from the Otis College of Art and Design in 1965 with a BFA, and Graduate degree from University of Claremont 1967 then taught at various schools. He created a series of photographs and several short black-and-white films as the sole performer. “I’m Too Sad to Tell You” a black-and-white movie of him crying and published some satirical art magazine.
1975 left Cape Cod, Massachusetts in a 13 ft (ca. 4 m) “Guppy 13” pocket cruiser called the Ocean Wave for a single-handed North Atlantic crossing to the Netherlands. Boat found nine months later bow down, found by Spanish fishermen to A Coruña. The boat was stolen a year later.
I have included this image in Self-propaganda, not clear whether it applies. Believing you could sail across the ocean on a boat that people call a Pocket Cruiser, effectively a small row boat with a roof. Requires a certain level of self-delusion or self-propaganda to convince oneself they’re capable of succeeding and denying the obvious danger. Artist must be arrogant and maintain this delusion. To be able to create art there is no support or affirmation from others, one must create regardless. Some are part of the corporate arts community, where their egos are fed by the propaganda of the dealers. Without this, you rely on your own hubris, which can goes beyond the rational and can lead to disappearing in an ocean.