Tuesday, January 22, 2013

George Maciunas | Same Card Flux Deck

George Maciunas
Same Card Flux Deck
New York City, USA: ReFlux Editions, 1983
6.8 x 9.3 x 2.3 cm.
Unlimited Edition (though no longer in production)

An opaque white plastic box containing fifty-two plastic coated, commercially produced, playing cards, each of the same suit. The work is undated by was first mentioned in correspondence as early as 1966.  The ReFlux edition uses boxes from the original Fluxus source (presumably on Canal Street) and vintage Maciunas labels.

The work is typically credited to George Maciunas (and likely a response to Ben Vautier's Missing Card Deck) but an unused label design by Maciunas in the Silverman collection suggests that the work might have come from Jeff Berner. Not only is it listed by him on the front of the design, but Berner signed the verso, with a copyright C and the word yes, suggesting that he approved of the design.

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