Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Rippin' for Gordon - #047 - Charles Bukowski Going Down with the Exploited, the Underpaid and the Over-Talented

Charles Bukowski

A Star Book
Published in 1981
by the Paperback Division of
W. H. Allen & Co. Ltd
A Howard and Wyndham Company
44 Hill Street, London W1X 8LB

First published in Great Britain by
W. H. Allen & Co. Ltd, 1981

Copyright © 1978 by Charles Bukowski

First published in the United States of America by Black Sparrow Press

Printed in Great Britain by
Hazell Watson & Viney Ltd, Aylesbury, Bucks

ISBN 0 352 30967 9

Acknowledgement is made to the editors of City Lights Anthology no. 4, First
Person Intense, Hustler and Rogner's Magazin where some of these chapters
originally appeared.

This book is sold subject to the condition that it shall 
not, by way of trade or otherwise, be lent, 
re-sold, hired out, or otherwise circulated without the 
publisher's prior consent in any form of 
binding or cover other than that in which it is published 
and without a similar condition including this 
condition being imposed on the subsequent purchaser.

10,7 x 17,8 cm, 298p, softcover

On 3 January 2018 I ripped the 298 pages from Charles Bukowski Women, 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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