Saturday, November 11, 2017

Rippin' for Gordon - #035 - Jay Anson is Frightened by the Scariest True Artwork He Has Seen in Years

Jay Anson
The Amityville Horror

First published in Great Britain 1978 by W.H. Allen
This edition published 1978 by Pan Books Ltd,
Cavaye Place, London SW10 9PG
2nd printing 1978
© Jay Anson, George Lee Lutz, Kathleen Lutz 1978
ISBN 330 25599 1
Printed and bound in Great Britain by
Richard Clay (The Chaucer Press) Ltd, Bungay, Suffolk

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.

11,0 x 17,9 cm, 194p, softcover

On 11 November 2017 I ripped the 194 pages from Jay Anson The Amityville Horror, 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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