Flux Cuts: Experiments in Film

Tuesday, October 2, 2012 - Sunday, February 24, 2013

New Media Gallery of the Asheville Art Museum

A loosely organized group of artists calling themselves Fluxus, meaning “flow” in Latin, was established in 1962 with artist George Maciunas as its founding member. The Fluxus movement included independent international, multi-disciplinary artists inspired by the Dada movement in the 1920s and artist Marcel Duchamp, as well as artist and composer John Cage. Cage began teaching at New York City’s New School for Social Research in 1956. Many of his students were artists who later organized themselves around the Fluxus movement. The artist’s involvement in the avant-garde music scene, as well as his interest in creating art from daily life and found objects, contributed to the element of chance evident in the Fluxus movement.

Duchamp’s idea that an artist’s body can be the art itself formed the basis for performance art. Fluxus artists used 16mm film to record public performances such as collaborations between visual artist Nam June Paik and the violinist Charlotte Moorman, and singular works such as artist Paul Sharits’s Dots (1966), an Op-Art inspired visual frenzy. The Asheville Art Museum celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Fluxus art movement with this exhibition of early videos.

Two special screenings of the Fluxfilm Program on 16mm film will be held in the New Media Gallery on January 17 + 18, 2013. Artists in this exhibition include Eric Andersen, George Brecht, John Cage, Albert Fine, Joe Jones, George Maciunas, Yoko Ono, Nam June Paik, Jeff Perkins, Paul Sharits, Chieko Shiomi, Ben (Ben Vautier), Wolf Vostell and Robert Watts.

This exhibition was organized and curated by the Asheville Art Museum with support from f/32 Photography Group.


View selected works in the exhibition »