Monday, September 11, 2017

Rippin' for Gordon - #002 - John Fowles Going Down, Down, Deeper and Down

John Fowles
The Collector





Published by
Dell Publishing Co., Inc.
750 Third Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10017
Copyright © 1963, by John Fowles
Dell ® TM 681510, Dell Publishing Co., Inc.
All rights reserved
Reprinted by arrangement with Little, Brown
and Company, Boston, Massachusetts

Que fors aux ne le sot rien nee

First Dell printing – July, 1964
Second Dell printing – November, 1964
Third Dell printing – May, 1965

Printed in U.S.A.

10,6 x 18,1 cm, 258p, softcover

On 11 September 2017 I ripped the 258 pages from John FowlesThe Collector, 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 will be filled with precious books from my private library.

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