Jeff Perkins

Guy de Cointet, Espahor ledet ko uluner!, 1973. Performance view, Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles, 1973. Billy Barty.

I HAD A STUDIO on Main Street in Santa Monica in Ocean Park, where there was a little artist community at the time. One day I heard a knock at my door, and there was Guy standing there, and his eye was huge. Somebody had walked up to him on the street, a total stranger, and punched him. Just smashed him in the face. He was really upset. I think he had a beautiful little storefront in the Venice Circle then, but he wanted to move into my place immediately. So I said yeah. He moved in that day and stayed for about four months. He was smoking Gauloises; he always ate very French, very simple. To me he was culture.

By that time we had already collaborated on a piece, his very first publication in 1971, a newspaper called ACRCIT, which featured an overview of ciphers. Pages were laid out in braille and Morse code; one page had a magic square and another a Muslim curve; there were a

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