The exhibition is open from Wednesday 16 May - Friday 25 May 2012
Opening hours: 09.00-15.00 weekdays, closed weekends.
Chance and opportunity led Ken Friedman to become an artist. Though he had no formal art training, he accepted the designation of ”artist” as a young man in 1966 when the Fluxus impresario George Maciunas suggested that the creative activities he had pursued since childhood could be categorized as art. Friedman’s youthful experiments with objects and situations reflected a key impulse in twentieth century vanguard art, the attempt to reduce art to ideas and gestures. Material form often came into play here, but for radical artists such as those in Fluxus circles, the critical ideas driving an image, object, text, or activity were increasingly the most important element of an artwork.
Fuxus from the Latin, “to flow” - was an international laboratory for art, design, music, and architecture. The laboratory came together in 1962 around such artists and composers as Nam June Paik, Dick Higgins, George Maciunas, Alison Knowles, Ben Patterson, Yoko Ono, La Monte Young, Takehisa Kosugi, and others from Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Other artists joined the laboratory later, including Milan Knizak, Ken Friedman, Larry Miller, and Alice Hutchins. Fluxus artists pioneered intermedia, video, mail art, events, performance, and a host of other artistic and musical innovations of the 1960s. Twelve ideas form the core of the Fluxus laboratory: globalism, the unity of art and life, intermedia, experimentalism, chance, playfulness, simplicity, implicativeness, exemplativism, specificity, presence in time, and musicality. In the words of Fluxus co-founder Dick Higgins, “Fluxus is not a moment in history, or an art movement. Fluxus is a way of doing things, a tradition, and a way of life and death.”
Exhibition curated by Birger Sevaldson, designed by Lawrence Ssekitoleko and Sara Svennevik.
Ken Friedman's essay "Fluxus: A Laboratory of Ideas" originally appeared in the volume Fluxus and the Essential Questions of Life (Hanover, N.H.: Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, in association with the University of Chicago Press, 2011), pp. 35-44. Reprinted by permission. Copyright 2011 Hood Museum of Art, Trustees of Dartmouth College. A Laboratory Ideas