Sunday, May 20, 2018

Geoffrey Hendricks | Flux Reliquary

Geoffrey Hendricks
Flux Reliquary
New York City, USA: Fluxus, [circa] 1970
12 x 10 x 2.2 cm.
Edition size unknown

A compartmentalized Canal Street plastic box with a George Maciunas-designed label, containing pseudo-religious relics or "holy shit from the diners of the last supper." Items may have included fingernails in a capsule, a white rubber band, yellow water ("sweat") in a glass and metal medicine vial, a gelatin medicine capsule filled with small brass nails ("from the cross..."), a small coil of yellow electrical wire ("fragment of rope..."), a truncated ballpoint pen ("Pen write...Nestorian errors"), dried excrement ("from diners of the The Last Supper") and a small flat pebble ("that stoned a Saint").

The above examples are from the The Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection Gift, at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Harvard Art Museum, the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, The Walker Art Centre, and the Bonotto Foundations collection.

The work existed in two other versions: a shit-dispensing vending machine and a drawer in Maciunas' Flux Cabinet, below.

Hendricks died on May 12 at the age of 86. Obituaries to follow, as well as other examples of his work throughout the week.

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