Sylph @ Richard Alpert. 1976

Publié le par Olivier Lussac

- ALPERT Richard, Sylph, La Mamelle Arts Center, San Francisco, November 1976.

Description: « This piece took place in a darkened gallery space. Around two of the corners that protrude into the space there were two green tape lights that circumscribed 270-degree circular areas on the floor. In the larger circle the tape light was facing inward and in a smaller one it was facing outward. A small monitor was placed on the floor within the smaller. During the performance it showed a close-up view of my hands and arms cranking a generator while drawing with it against a white panel. In the larger circle, a tiny light bulb connected to the generator behind the wall illuminated the color photograph on my driver’s license. The rhythmic sounds of the drawing process were audible from behind the wall. An invisible element of the piece took the form of several women having been asked to come to the performance heavily perfumed giving the space a scented odor. A perfumed card was sent as an announcement for the piece. »

— Mir Bahadur, « Richard Alpert: Illuminating the Art Process », Artweek, v.7, December 18, 1976. Review of Alpert’s performance, Sylph.

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