Saturday, July 9, 2016

Philip Corner

Philip Corner and Phoebe Neville
pencil on paper, 11 x 9 inches, 2016
signed by Philip Corner
Philip Corner, accompanied by dancer Phoebe Neville, together with members of Sonic Combine and faculty from FSW Music Department, performed a memorable rendition of Corner's notorious Metal Meditations (1973) this afternoon. Corner was a founding member of the seminal art conglomerate Fluxus. In good Fluxus fashion the audience was invited to create their own piece using the metal instruments used in Metal Meditations that were scattered throughout the space. Then, in tribute to Ben Patterson, also co-founder of Fluxus who sadly passed away a few weeks ago, Corner orchestrated a performance of Patterson's piece Paper, in which an unlimited supply of paper is given to the audience, the only instruction given to them was to play with it. They did play (myself included), they altered the gallery installation of musical instruments significantly and, to Corner's wishes the alterations continue to be part of the exhibit that runs through August 13th at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery on the FSW campus.

In Memoriam: Benjamin Patterson, May 29, 1934 – June 25, 2016

Philip Corner
oil on canvas, 8 x 10 inches, 2016

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