Literary Nonfiction. Art. California Interest. In 1975, the art journal Vision was conceived of and edited by Bay Area Conceptual artist Tom Marioni and published by Crown Point Press. The first volume, Vision #1: California was followed by four more, the last coming out in 1981. The first three volumes relate to specific places: California, Eastern Europe, and New York. The fourth volume, Vision #4: Word of Mouth (1980) is a boxed set of three white vinyl records of artist talks recorded on the South Pacific island of Ponape. The fifth volume, Vision #5: Artists' Photographs, is a box of unbound reproductions of photographs by artists who are not photographers. And now, because it's never too late to eat or to make art, we present VISION #6: ART AND FOOD (Crown Point Press, 2019).
Contributors include Michael Brennan, Brad Brown, Enrique Chagoya, John Chiara, Howard Fried, Peter Gutkin, Diane Andrews Hall, Doug Hall, Mildred Howard, Paul Kos, Tom Marioni, Andrew McClintock, Susan Middleton, Gay Outaw, Laurie Reid, Kent Roberts, Alice Shaw, Catherine Wagner, and John Zurier
In a brochure for a 2005 exhibition titled Sounds Like Drawing at the Drawing Room in London, the curator Anthony Huberman describes Tom Marioni as "a seminal figure of the American conceptual art movement. He pioneered the use of social situations as art and explored performance as sculptural actions using sound, drawing, photography, and installation." Marioni was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, attended the Cincinnati Art Academy, and in 1959 moved to San Francisco where he still lives. His first sound work, One Second Sculpture (1969) was celebrated in the 2005 Lyon Biennial as presaging the work of many artists today who use sound and duration as subjects. His first museum show was in 1970 at the Oakland Museum of California. Titled The Act of Drinking Beer with Friends Is the Highest Form of Art, it was an early example of social activity as art. Over the years, Marioni has been invited to repeat the work in various contexts around the world.
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