Thursday, May 24, 2018

Geoffrey Hendricks and Brian Buczak | Rulers, Ladders, and Buckets



Geoffrey Hendricks and Brian Buczak
Rulers, Ladders, and Buckets
New York City, USA: Money for Food Press, 1977
24 pp., 15 x 15 cm., softcover
Edition size unknown

The first publication by Money For Food Press, this square booklet documents a performance by Brian Buczak and Geoffrey Hendricks at the Institute of Art & Urban Resources P.S. 1 in NYC, October 9 & 16, 1977. The slim titled featured seven reproduced photos and drawings and is signed by both artists on the cover.


Geoffrey Hendricks and Brian Buczak | The Wisdom of the Money for Food Lady






Geoffrey Hendricks and Brian Buczak
The Wisdom of the Money for Food Lady
New York  City, USA: Money for Food Press, 1978
25.3 x 25.3 cm.
Edition of fifty signed and numbered copies

A companion piece to the folder of the same name (see previous post), this cardboard boxed work contains a bent umbrella handle with a label that reads “THIS OBJECT FOUND ON MARCH 2, 1978”.


Geoffrey Hendricks and Brian Buczak | The Wisdom of the Money for Food Lady





Geoffrey Hendricks and Brian Buczak
The Wisdom of the Money for Food Lady
New York  City, USA: Money for Food Press, 1978
30 x 24 cm.
Edition of 50 signed and numbered copies


Produced for a performance and reading at Franklin Furnace, this pocket folder contains two pages from a medical book, a photographic slide, a flyer, a leaflet and a stapled price list. Hendricks had established the Money for Food Press with his partner Brian Buczak, a year prior.


"MFFP was originally created to expand the practices of its founders' artwork, which was rooted in Fluxus and Ray Johnson's New York Correspondence School. The press began with the booklet "Rulers, Ladders and Buckets," which documented a performance by Buczak and Hendricks at P.S. 1 in 1977. Over the next decade, dozens of publications were produced and distributed that intersected with the practices of New York-based artists such as George Maciunas, Lawrence Wiener, Alison Knowles and Nancy Spero. MFFP remained an essential compliment to Buczak's painting and post-Fluxus practice until his death from HIV/AIDS and related complications in 1987 and the exhibition reflects this through the inclusion of over thirty of his individual publications.

Throughout its existence, MFFP has embraced an accessible, democratic, do-it-yourself practice that encourages the breakdown of boundaries separating art and life. In the introduction to the offerings in their 1980 catalog, Dick Higgins writes "They exist as paradigms for our own imaginative processes rather than (at least primarily) investment commodities. Buy them and live well – keep them in your own private treasure chest, to be fished out and shown only to those with whom you share your own private elegances."

- Printed Matter press release




Bici Forbes Hendricks | Statement of Aims and Purposes of the Black Thumb Press










Bici Forbes Hendricks
Statement of Aims and Purposes of the Black Thumb Press
New York City, USA: Black Thumb Press, Inc., 1966
7 pp., 22.8 x 15.2 cm., staplebound.
Edition size unknown

A manifesto by Bici Forbes (now Nye Ffarrabas) for The Black Thumb Press, the publishing venture she co-founded with her then-husband Geoffrey Hendricks.


"[...] my feeling was that, well, Happenings are Kaprow, Events are Brecht, and Watts was there with Maciunas and the beginnings of Fluxus. It was exciting, but I wanted to find my own voice within this, rather than just being a part of what this circle of artists around me were generating. I was also involved in a heterosexual marriage, and in ’64 we had the birth of our daughter which had some impact in ways that deflected certain creative juices and drives. But I was also feeling connected with it all. Really, from ’63 when the Fluxus people came back from Europe, Bici/Nye and I were involved in doing things of this nature. I guess it was around this time that she asked Bob Watts, “how do you become a member of Fluxus?” and Bob sorta shrugged his shoulders and said “well you either are or you aren’t. It’s nothing you can join.” So we started the Black Thumb Press, and sent out cards, and kept an ongoing journal we called The Friday Book of White Noise where we would write down scores, thoughts, ideas. Then, when Watts and Brecht brought together their Monday Night Letter at the Café au Go-Go, we did a reading of “The Friday Book of White Noise” and Bici/Nye made a script/scroll as a Möbius strip — it was a continuous thing. These were Fluxus-like scores. And then, by ’65, George Maciunas began including us on his mailing list of names and we were taking part in Fluxus Banquets and a paper concert at the Time Life Building. So, sort of by osmosis, in the 60’s we began to be part of Fluxus, but still we were also in a little bit of an outsider role — something that my life has always had."

Geoffrey Hendricks | 100 Skies






Geoffrey Hendricks
100 Skies
Worpswede, Germany: Barkenhoff-Stiftung, 1986
[unpaginated], 12 x 11 cm., softcover
Edition size unknown

The first of three editions, the work features water colour images of skies by Hendricks alongside texts by Henry Martin.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Geoffrey Hendricks | Sky Underpants



Geoffrey Hendricks
Sky Underpants
New York City, USA: Self-published, 2009
30 x 45 x 2 cm.
Unique work

Acrylic paint on cotton underwear. Unique from a series created for the exhibition Hidden Delights, Lingerie in the Arts, by Harry Ruhé and Jeannette Dekeukeleire.

Available from Multiples.nl, here, for 1600 Euros.

"They were modeled by professional models and this fall Harry Ruhé will be having them modelled at the Artists Editions Book Fair in New York, where I will also be working with Robin Kahn on other activities.

Right now I'm at my place on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia.

Best regards,

Geoffrey"




Geoffrey Hendricks | Between Two Points, Meditative Rituals













Geoffrey Hendricks
Between Two Points, Meditative Rituals
Verona, Italy: Francesco Conz, 1974-1976
56 x 67 x 13 cm.
Edition of 15 signed and numbered copies

A wooden box containing a folder, fabric covered boxes (containing photographic documentation of performances), and ten numbered relics. The work documents ritualistic performances in Norway and Italy in 1974.