Wednesday, April 21, 2004
This is interesting: Andy and I never figured out how you made ends meet; you had no job, seldom sold a collage, and appeared to survive on about $3 a week. Your attitude toward galleries and exhibitions was perverse - in spades. You seemed disdainful of affiliating with any actual gallery, yet you enjoyed taking out ads for fictitious shows. One of the most memorable was your Village Voice ad (July 30, 1964) for an "8 man show" by George Brecht, George Herms, and you at the bogus Robin Gallery. From an odd letter sent to Cosmic Ray by Bourdon. The ambivalence towards the art market appears as an unbreakable drive for the artist. The odd thing is that Comic Ray was the founder of the Correspondence school, which could be seen to function, at least conceptually, along the principles that rule much of net art today. Mind you that net art has been recently claimed to be "dead" by a New York Times article. Yes, the Times writes something and there goes everybody spreading the word to all the e-mail lists. Go figure.