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William Anastasi

Trespass

This play is a reflection on the (im)possibility of accepting diversity and the other. The fragmented body of the neoplasm—the fruit of unstable conditions—overcomes barriers, loves and denies itself and others, wanders around, forgetting its profession. It frequently and with pleasure divides, goes through dangerous palpation, questions the possibility of contact with the experience of the other. Poorly brought up but very successful, it invites us to a trans-species transition.

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Because it’s an eating-away. It’s making art by taking something away instead of putting something, adding something. - William Anastasi

When William Anastasi took formal art classes in school, he learned to draw the conventional way: with his eyes open, looking at the paper. He began to wonder, however, what his drawings would look like if he didn't use his eyes, and started to experiment. Trespass represents the different approaches Anastasi took in attempting to separate conscious thought from artistic creation.

Trespass is located in the second room of Allan Wexler’s Bed Sitting Rooms for an Artist in Residence, on the wall between the old fireplace and the window. Anastasi picked up a stone from the sidewalk outside, and instead of drawing on the wall, he rubbed and scratched at the surface until some of the paint - and even some of the wall itself - came off. He called this kind of drawing a “wall removal.” In his work, Anastasi transformed idle gestures into new and innovative forms of drawing, unencumbered by intent or meaning.

When

Long-term

1991

Where

1414 Monterey, 2nd Floor

ACCEssibility

Accessible only by stairs

About The Artist

William Anastasi was one of the founders of both Conceptual and Minimal Art – relevant works were made before the movements were named. These works, starting in 1961, include Relief and Microphone, among the earliest examples of Conceptual Art. Between 1963 and 1966, we have Sink – a clear demonstration of entropy – and Issue and Trespass – important forerunners to an entire class of works involving deconstruction. Sink (which combines his Conceptual and Minimal approaches) and En Route, are among the earliest forays into Minimal Art. Holding that after Duchamp there was no earthly reason why a blind man could not be an artist, his unsighted drawings were also started in 1963. His 1966/67 Six Sites broke the ground for an entire genre of exhibitions under the rubric Site Specific. Underlying his practice was his sense that the only thing that interests him about taste is that it is always changing.

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