Saturday, February 21, 2015

John Chick | Flux Food

John Chick
Flux Food
New York City, USA: Fluxus, 1969
9 x 12 x 2.7 cm.
Edition size unknown

Flux Food is the only work by Chick published by Fluxus, according to Jon Hendricks' exhaustive Fluxus Codex. The work is advertised in a March 1969 Fluxus newsletter as containing "forest found objects or synthetic food-like objects". Both seemed to vary wildly, with the forest objects including
acorns, pinecones, birch bark, seed pods, lichen, pine needles and fungus.

The synthetic materials include styrofoam cubes, green Styrofoam noodles, blue plastic tubes, and cardboard cylinders. Sometimes Maciunas would combine the two. He also designed at least four different labels for the work, though it appears that only two were used.

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