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human being <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Thu, 15 May 2003 00:34:09 -0500
> the work of Norm White:
Norm the Artist, Oughtist, and Ne'er-do-well
Here are my central art-beliefs:
1. Art should concern itself as much with behavior as it does with
2. Some of the best art happens when behavior and appearance are
completely at odds with each other.
3. Economy of means is a critical part of aesthetics.
4. Art functions best, and is most needed, outside of galleries and
Short Autobiography and Credo
Here's some of the stuff I've done over the years (Click on the
thumbnail for a bigger picture):
"Four-Letter Word Generator (1974). This work harkens back conceptually
to my 1966 random-number generator, with 4-letter words replacing the
single digit readout. Although technically more sophisticated, it is
strategically less complex, depending simply upon a few out-of-sync
oscillators for its choice of the next word. All the words chosen are
pronounceable, although not of any particular language. Materials:
Plexiglas, neon alphanumeric readout tubes, and custom electronics.
Owned by Hans Redmann, Berlin, Germany"
"Departure (1977). A moving re-enactment of the famous Michaelangelo
painting. The viewer puts pennies into a slot, whereupon black curtains
open revealing Adam's arm resting on a lush field of Viridian green. A
light goes on offstage right, and Adam's arm reaches up toward it. Then
God's arm swings down and **ZAP** , a 1 cm. spark jumps from finger tip
to finger tip!! Finally a light goes on offstage left as the curtains
close. All for seven cents. Materials: wood, oil-paint, motors,
textiles, custom electronics. Owned by Medtronic, an artificial
pacemaker manufacturing company in Minneapolis, Minnesota."
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