Monday, October 30, 2017

Rippin' for Gordon - #028 - Sailendra Nath Sen Ends Up in Contemporary Art History

Sailendra Nath Sen
Ancient Indian History and Civilization

First edition:     1988
Reprint:            1990



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15,7 x 23,6 cm, 552p, softcover

On 30 October 2017 I ripped the 552 pages from Sailendra Nath Sen Ancient Indian History and Civilization, 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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