my friend bob said to go see : alex hay @ peter freeman 560 broadway #602 (till 12/21) "paintings of things like chicken wire, two sheets of toilet paper, the label from a cuban cigar ... and sculptures of oversized paper bags and a paper airplane. He basicly stopped making work in the late 60's when he moved arizona." (bob checked out our site extensively yesterday and may have recognized some of the contributers here including mr sustenance).

- bill 12-02-2002 4:11 am

Yes, Alex is a very close friend of MB's from when he lived in NYC. She and Hannah drove to South America with him many years ago. We visited him in Bizbee Arizona a few years ago, and saw him when he was in New York for this show just before we left for Austria. I can't say enough good things about this man. He's the real deal (whatever that means.) Go see the show.

And actually, it's not true that he stopped making art after moving to Bizbee. But yes, nothing has gotten much recognition since these pieces (most of which are on loan from the Rauschenburg collection.)
- jim 12-02-2002 6:05 pm [add a comment]

actually this is what he said : "Alex Hay made paintings of things like chicken wire, two sheets of toilet paper, the label from a Cuban cigar ... and sculptures of oversized paper bags and a paper airplane. He basically stopped making work in the late 60s when he moved to Arizona. I met him there, in a former mining town called Bisbee, a few years ago. He and the painter Peter Young live in the town's former hotel and opera house. It's rumored that he's been preparing to make a painting for the last three years. Just to make the decisions about building the stretcher, choosing a room to paint in and get the room ready, etc. etc. has been an exacting process. I saw no signs of these preparations when I was there, but apparently he's about ready to actually paint the thing. Who knows how long it took to choose the subject. But for someone who made paintings of ruled notebook pages, complete with accurate lines, tears and creases, it could be anything. Go see this show. It's beautiful and crazy and sublime. Puts you in the mind of twenty years before Tom Friedman and Bob Gober ..."

and also sent this :

"9 Evenings: Theatre and Engineering" was held October 13-23, 1966 at the 69th Regiment Armory in New York City. Artists included John Cage, Lucinda Childs, Öyvind Fahlström, Alex Hay, Deborah Hay, Steve Paxton, Yvonne Rainer, Robert Rauschenberg, David Tudor and Robert Whitman. The artists worked with engineers and scientists from Bell Telephone Laboratories to develop innovative technical equipment that enabled these performances.

Alex Hay:Grass Field. Hay wore a backpack of specially designed differential amplifiers and FM transmitters, which picked up brain waves, muscle activity, and eye movement from electrodes placed on Hay's head and body. These sounds were broadcast to the audience as Hay carefully laid out 64 numbered pieces of cloth. Then he sat facing the audience, with his face being projected on a large screen behind him, while two performers systematically picked up the pieces of cloth.

- bill 12-04-2002 2:02 am [add a comment]

Hay and Rauchenberg 1963 skates performance

- bill 12-04-2002 2:15 am [add a comment]

Short review from the Voice.
- alex 12-19-2002 12:40 am [add a comment]

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