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Ay-O

Emily Harvey Foundation

Ever since the early ’60s, when he rejected both abstract and illusionistic art because he felt they were remote from actual human experience, Ay-O has focused on the human body. By utilizing the senses (touch, sight, smell, hearing, and taste) as his mediums, Ay-O, like many of his Fluxus peers (as well as the Minimal, Pop, and Conceptual artists), brings art back into the realm of everyday experience.

Preceded by a small cardboard box mailed out as an announcement, Ay-O’s recent exhibition consisted of a series of colorful canvases entitled “Rainbow Hole,” and the inauguration of a permanent environment called Ay-O’s Black Hole (all works 1991). One side of the announcement box featured a white circle with the instruction: “PUT FINGER IN.” As my finger punctured the circle and entered what turned out to be a void, I was overcome by the kind of mild trepidation a child feels upon entering

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