Sunday, November 12, 2017

Rippin' for Gordon - #036 - Guy de Maupassant His Bel Ami Was a Performance Artist

Guy de Maupassant

Composition réalisée par NORD COMPO

Imprimé en France sure Presse Offset par

Groupe CPI

La Flèche (Sarthe)
Nº d'imprimeur: 8775 - Dépôt Légal Édit. 14562-09/2001
LIBRAIRIE GÉNÉRALE FRANÇAISE - 43, quai de Grenelle - 75015 Paris.

ISBN: 2 - 253 - 00900 - 8   H 30/0619/4

11,0 x 17,7 cm, 372p, softcover

On 12 November 2017 I ripped the 372 pages from Guy de Maupassant Bel-Ami, 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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