Friday, September 15, 2017

Rippin' for Gordon - #004 - Lev Tolstoi and the Difficulty to Say what is Meant by Art

Lev Tolstoi
Wat is Kunst?

Deze uitgave kwam mede tot stand dankzij
een gift van de Stichting Hermann & Hannelore Grünberg
De vertaler ontving voor deze vertaling een werkbeurs
van het Nederlands Letterenfonds

Oorspronkelijke titel Chto takoe iskvsstvo

Copyright vertaling © 2013 Hans Boland /
Athenaeum – Polak & Van Gennep,
Singel 262, 1016 AC Amsterdam
Copyright voorwoord © Arnon Grunberg

Omslag Loudmouth
Binnenwerk Hannie Pijnappels

ISBN 978 90 253 0214 6 / NUR 640

12,4 x 20,0 cm, 234p, softcover

On 15 September 2017 I ripped the 234 pages from Lev Tolstoi Wat is Kunst?, 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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