Thomas McEvilley

  • Eric Orr

    Eric Orr’s work belongs to the tradition of art that seeks to penetrate the zone of immateriality. His early works—buried lights, walled-in sounds, shadows, silences—attempted to designate a mysterious edge between dissolution and solidity, immaterial and material, where contradictions push and pull into a primal balance; his “light-and-space” installations of the seventies extended this preoccupation, attempting to dissolve awareness of spatial and temporal boundaries. Similar themes informed a series of wall objects that used shamanic and alchemical materials (lead and gold; human blood, bone,

  • James Lee Byars and the Atmosphere of Question

    ‘How does he question and how does he eat?’1

    IN APRIL, 1969, THE GALLERY Wide White Space in Antwerp presented a month of continuously changing performance pieces by James Lee Byars. During the final week Byars himself was on display, seated in a Thonet chair in the all-white gallery, writing questions, enigmatic statements and fragments of autobiography on separate sheets of paper. Framed in his unusual personal brand of “abbrev” English, these tiny word sculptures encapsulated enormous philosophical implications. When a visitor appeared, Byars would read aloud the last written question or