Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Rippin' for Gordon - #046 - Leopold Sacher-Masoch Saw Invitation in His Eyes and Depth in His Hole

Leopold Sacher-Masoch
Bed of an Empress

This book is copyright. No portion of it may
be reproduced without written permission.
First published in U.S.A. by Belmont Produc-
tions Inc., New York. This edition published
1965 by Brown, Watson Ltd., Digit House,
Harlesden Road, Willesden Green, London,

Reprinted July, 1965.
Made and printed in Great Britain by Richmond
Hill Printing Works Ltd., 23/25 Abbott Road,
Winton, Bournemouth.

10,8 x 17,9 cm, 194p, softcover

On 2 January 2018 I ripped the 194 pages from Leopold Sacher-Masoch Bed of an Empress, 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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