Sunday, October 22, 2017

Rippin' for Gordon - #025 - Thomas Harris is about to Be Swept into the Arms of Dragon Matta-Clark

Thomas Harris
Red Dragon

A CORGI BOOK 0 552 12160 6

Originally published in Great Britain by
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Bodley Head edition published 1982
Corgi edition published 1983
Corgi edition published 1983
Corgi edition published 1984
Corgi edition published 1987 (under the title MANHUNTER)
Corgi edition published 1989

Copyright © Thomas Harris 1981

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On 22 October 2017 I ripped the 364 pages from Thomas Harris Red Dragon, tore them in half and threw them in the Hole I've been Diggin' for Gordon in a basement at an undisclosed location in Antwerpen since 20 February 2006.
The title refers to Gordon Matta-Clark whose last and major work ‘Office Baroque’ in Antwerpen I illegally visited at the start of my career as an artist. The performance/installation evolved into a ‘mash-up’ with ingredients from the works of various avantgarde artists from the 70’s. For instance a slant row of florescent lights inspired by Dan Flavin takes care of lightning and an endless ladder as imagined by Vito Acconci makes it possible to get in and out of the hole. The work was made visible through a number of side actions and performances where I used some of the dirt I had been digging up. Most of the dirt was used to fill up James Lee Byars' tomb.
As of 9 September 2017 the Hole is filled with precious books from my private library.

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