Thursday, March 22, 2018

Rippin' for Gordon - #068 - Norah Lofts Encloses the Double Standards of Art History with Precision

Norah Lofts
The Concubine

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Hutchinso & Co. (Publishers) Ltd. 1964Arrow edition 1965


For copyright reasons this book may not be
issued to the public on loan or otherwise
except in its original soft cover

Made and printed in Great Britain 
by The Anchor Press, Ltd.,
Tiptree, Essex

10,8 x 17,7 cm, 386p, softcover

On 22 March 2018 I ripped the 386 pages from Norah Lofts The Concubine, 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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