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On indeterminacy, serendipity, fluxus, positivity and negativity—and how I learned to love surprise. Inspired by John Cage’s ideas of indeterminacy and fueled by the topic of “war of words,” I thought it might be interesting to organize a hive-mind piece that used just 2 words—Yes or No—in a virtual face-off. It was an experiment…a let’s-see-what-happens […]
Out There: in which we dig up War of Words related works. Dear Lucy — a letter to Lucy Lippard from Nancy Spero in 1971. So perfect…no further words needed from me. The letter is from the Lucy Lippard papers at the Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian Institute.
(more on War of Words) Opinionated. Cranky. Smart. Funny. You could write a good deal about William Powhida’s work or you could settle with those four words and it would be ok. Powhida’s work is the kind of funny that’s painful…as they say “the truth hurts” and he dishes it out in beautiful, jam-packed, cranky […]
A short post that got lost in the shuffle as Sandy hit our shores (and basement): If redaction is a conscious removal of words then we can add Ligorano/Reese’s melting ice sculptures to the list. The sculptures in question are hot-topic, push-your-buttons political words created in ice, installed in public locations and left there until […]