A brilliant use of the copy machine. Virgil
Widrichs "Copy Shop", a short film about a man who copies himself until
he fills up the entire world. The film won 35 international awards, got
an Oscar-nomination and was shown on over 200 festivals and in many
cinemas and TV channels worldwide.
In 1986 an opportunity to put together an
installation show in a former motel’s five rooms ended up in my lap. I had not
worked in the entertainment installation format often but decided to “give” my
rooms to four other artists under the theme Wild Women.
The premise of the theme was to pick an aspect of
the female psyche expressing itself when going wild, meaning free from restraint.
Each woman (Anna Banana, Donna Mae Shaver, Doris
Boris Berman, and Susan K) chose a different aspect that included sexual
wildness, spiritual practice, back to the earth connection, political activist,
and emotional purge. Her room was to reflect her chosen theme and the artist
had to interact with the installation in some way on opening night. Each of the
artists had a wild side to their personalities making them a good mix.
It was a successful turn out at the opening and many
people grasped the concepts, especially the women. One budding writer (male)
however did not like/understand it all even leaving out one installation
completely in his review. Too bad!
But the news I want to get to is something I learned
this week. Two of the women died who were in that show, caught by cancer.
That’s a high percentage. Donna Mae Shaver (Montgomery)
January 9, 2010 and Doris Boris Berman May 10, 2015. To learn of two in one
week rocked my world a bit.
was a photographer and worked in other media as well, became a part of the
neo-Dada scene in the Bay Area, showing her work in a gallery during the Inter
DADA 84 week and participating in a photo group. I did not know her well but
her art was always well made and quirky in a memorable way.
Peter Kaufmann artist
I knew Austrian
Doris Boris much better especially in the early 80s. Another photographer, she
showed her work at my space The Storefront and other spaces we both participated in. According
to her obituary she grew up in Salzburg (in her family’s castle) and achieved
recognition as a recording artist under the name Isabell Domin. To pursue her
career as a multi-media artist she moved to the United States.
Photo of Ginny by Doris Boris
both fans of Nina Hagan and Doris Boris could do a great impersonation of her. We
clubbed together in Berlin (most memorable was the Cave an old cavern wine cellar type place) with friends while I was there on my way to Poland, staying at an apartment with a European prince she knew. She took me for my first
exposure to a massive anti-American demonstration, with the black ski masks and
burning effigies. I was under strict instruction to watch but not speak for my
Art by Doris Boris
wall had not been knocked down yet and the mood in the city was bleak. I went over
to East Germany one day to visit the Rehfeldts accompanied by Doris Boris as
far as a bar on the East side. We sat for awhile to people watch the fascinating
comings and goings through the checkpoint.
“She was equally at home in San Francisco, New
York, Berlin and Paris. A real pop princess her vitality and creativity touched
2008 her friend Perry Vasquez produced a documentary film, Fotoaktion! about
her life and work. If you like performance art there's some interesting info. Can you find me in the video?
Ray Johnson liked this book. He would ask me about it and wanted more. I asked him what for, and he said he sold them to galleries and art spaces. Huh! I'll send a copy of this note if you ask for it when making a purchase.
NY Art Book Fair 2012: Interview by Jennie Hinchcliff
Videos of My Scores Performed
Published on Jun 3, 2016
score by Ginny Lloyd
performed by Viv de Dada and Bibiana Padilla Maltos
video Mary Campbell
C. Mehrl Bennett performs Ginny Lloyd's Fluxus Direction Score at the Roanoke Marginal Arts Festival in Roanoke, Virginia during March of 2013. Video courtesy of Kala Ladenheim at firstname.lastname@example.org
Performance artist, Jennifer Weigel performed the Real News score at the Nature of Experience conference. Salem, Mass August 15 - 19, 2015
Write Your Own Score (advance to 15:13) - Mary Campbell performing my score at Fluxfest in Chicago, February, 2012.
Screw Head performed by Melissa McCarthy with Reed Altemus at the Knaus Biennale in Lithuania October 2011
Write Your Own Score - Keith A. Buchholz performing at Stampland in Chicago, Saturday Afternoon July 31, 2010.
Fluxus Meets Futurists - September 2009 performed at Chromospores opening with Ginny Lloyd and Jennifer Zoellner
Fluxus Sonata - September 2010 at the Jaffe Center of Book Arts with Lloyd, Wood, Altemus, Maltos, Buchholz, Coutrone, Seth and Jonas.
Pick Out A Book and Read - September 2010 performed at the Jaffe Center of Book Arts.
Score for Dali Museum - September 2010 performed at the Jaffe Center of Book Arts with Reid Wood.