Los Angeles

John White, Second Stories

Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE)

John White unveiled his latest adventure in screwball structuralism, Second Stories, 1986, by informing the audience that it was his last performance. The veteran performance artist, who has worked in both live and static art since 1969, presented a fascinating farewell piece, both wacky and poignant, that was perhaps designed to dovetail his stage work with his new real-life “job,” that of harried and dedicated father. Second Stories parodied and skewered both roles.

White is well known in California for his quasi-logical word games and nutty choreography solo performances in which he appeared to grab language and images out of the air and cobble them together into a coherent statement. Second Stories proceeded in such a way, loosely structured around the remodeling of a building in industrial downtown L.A. newly inhabited by Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE). That White’s farewell

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