Biography of Allan Revich
Born 1956 in Toronto, Canada
- Studied art at the University of Toronto, the Ontario College of Art, and the Jerusalem Printmaking Workshop.
- Graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree and from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education with a Master of Education (MEd) degree.
- Work has been exhibited in several major international group shows. Work is in several private and public collections worldwide. Poetry has appeared in the collections of small press publications. Poetry and visual poetry have also been published in several art books.
I have always been interested in the conceptual basis for art. What is art? Does art have to be beautiful? Does it have to be meaningful, and if so to whom? I use my art and writing to explore the places in which different media intersect. My work draws on many influences, ranging from the concept drawings of Leonardo da Vinci to the creative explorations of artists like Marcel Duchamp, Claude Monet, John Cage, Andy Warhol, Ray Johnson, Lawrence Weiner, and Yoko Ono. My work is also influenced by social, political, and postmodern theoretical discourse from the world at large. For the last several years I have aligned myself closely with Fluxus and Intermedia. I also contribute frequently to the Fluxlist and the Fluxlist Blog.
What is Fluxus?
Fluxus started in the early 1960s. It was an outgrowth of the work of John Cage, along with elements of Dada. In 1961 George Maciunas called this new way of working and living “Fluxus”. Other early practitioners include Dick Higgins (a co-founder of the Fluxlist), Yoko Ono, Nam June Paik, Al Hansen, Larry Miller, and Geoffrey Hendricks. The Fluxus torch is now being carried by a new group of artists, including Keith Buchholz, Cecil Touchon, Ruud Janssen, Litsa Spathi, Reed Altemus, Bibiana Padilla-Maltos, Melissa McCarthy, Reid Wood, Picasso Gaglione, Alan Bowman, and Allan Revich. With the dawn and growth of the Internet, Fluxus continues to expand its community and influence.
Fluxus has always been notoriously difficult to pin down because it has never fit neatly into any category assigned by the art market or the art academy. I have summarized it as concisely as I think is possible into four parts:
- Fluxus is an attitude. It is not a movement or a style.
- Fluxus is intermedia. Fluxus creators like to see what happens when different media intersect. They use found and everyday objects, sounds, images, and texts to create new combinations of objects, sounds, images, and texts.
- Fluxus works are simple. The art is small, the texts are short, and the performances are brief.
- Fluxus should be fun. Humor has always been an important element in Fluxus.
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