FLUXmUSeum's Director: Cecil Touchon engaging in an 'Opening Ritual' performance with his Mysterious Found FluxObject (dated 1831) on July 1, 2009   (photo: Noor-un-nisa Touchon)


FLUXHIBITION #3: Thinking Inside of the Box

Boxes, Cases, Kits and Containers from the Permanent Collection - July 2009

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Since most of the contributing artists won't be able to make it to the show, I have tried to make a very detailed tour around the exhibit so that all can see the show from the comfort of their own homes where ever in the world that they are! The first call for Fluxhibition #3 went out in early May and in only a few weeks time this astounding show has come together. I am hoping to interest other venues in hosting this exhibit. It is an interesting show for any venue in my opinion.

If you have comments about the show or specific works in the show please send to cecil_touchon@fluxmuseum.org
we would love to hear from you and will post your comments to the web page if appropriate.

Gary Bibb, a very fine and seasoned artist and one of the contributors, wrote of it...

This exhibit is amazing! The variety, vision and execution is at the highest level. With most exhibits you will have a few exceptional pieces and some good with most being okay, but this gathering is all very good to exceptional.

I'm so impressed with the artists choosing to send good work - and Yoko deciding she wanted to be involved, well, she had nothing to gain other than returning to her original artistic intentions: To be a part of an art exhibit that is not pretentious and contrived. Speaks volumes about her heart. I am so honored to be small voice in this collective.

This may well be one of the most significant art exhibits of its kind - certainly of the early 21st century.

 There are a small handful of established exhibitions designed to showcase the current state of the arts, such as the Venice Biennale; however, what's amazing about this exhibit is that it's not organized by a major institution (along with the inherent politics), but rather by a group of artists who truly are in life's trenches - where the "real world" interfaces with artistic expression.

Although it revolves around Fluxus concepts, it's more of a summation and clarification of all the previous artistic ideologies regarding tangible objects as pertinent to subjective content: Duchamp, Cornell, Rauschenberg and beyond. This is a global art statement by the "cultural canaries."  From personal idiosyncrasies to social commentaries, Fluxhibition #3: Thinking Inside Of The Box is a treasury full of artifacts collected while on the grand adventure of artistic exploration.
 47 Years of Good Fluxus by Keri Marion

Enjoy Fluxus! Enjoy the show!

Walking up to the gallery which has a lot of glass exposure. The Student Center is the hub of the campus where the post office, school newspaper, student organization offices, restaurants, cafes, banquet halls and so forth are located. So this gallery gets a lot of walk by traffic daily.

I should mention that the gallery hours as I understand it during the month of July are 8:00am  to 5:00pm - Monday through Friday. NOT OPEN ON THE WEEKENDS! To be sure the gallery is open when you want to go, call P.K. at 817-272-6059.

Looking into the gallery from the hallway. You will notice the tremendous number of boxes. The director's wife; Rosalia Touchon dreamt up the idea of attaching simple corrugated cardboard boxes to the wall and then using them as shelving for the show, and later, as the storage boxes for the works in the show. A low cost, double duty solution that went with the theme of the show.

The gallery entrance with a fisheye lens showing the posters designed by Cecil Touchon printed by the school and posted around the huge campus for the show. The school's media department sends out press releases to all major media sources in the Dallas/Fort Worth area including TV, Radio and print newspapers.

Also seen behind the left door a poster for Fluxusignment #58 by Neil Horsky

Entering the gallery and turning to the left along the wall with the windows, we see a box by Keith Buchholz of Fluxus Saint Louis who sent a crazy number of boxes for the show. He sent so many in fact this could have been a show just for him with 16 boxes contributed. However due to Keith's and everyone one else's genourosity this has turned into a blockbuster megashow.

also shown, Stack Blocks by Cecil Touchon and a work "Natur Aqua" by Hungarian artist Torma Cauli Laszlo.
Stack Blocks 1958 by Cecil Touchon

On the other side of the short wall from Stack Blocks we find three works on a plexi shelf: a work by Keith Buchholz, Cecil Touchon in the middle and  a fantastic work by Scott Ray Randall employing an antique juggling pin with a secret compartment conating 4 viles of various things. Unfortunately one of our installers fumbled the  piece and dropped it breaking two of the viles so Mr. Randall was kind enough to ruch us a couple of replacement viles (shown rightside up but should actually be upside down... we'll have to fix that!
Turning around we see two works on pedestals, the first by one of the earliest contributors to this show: Robert Tucker whop has used a cigar box that I sent him to will it with some porcelain sculptural 'Pod' objects. Robert has been a long time supported of the International Museum of Collage, Assemblage and Construction - participating in most of the Museum's exhibition calls.

The second work is by Cecil Touchon

A close up of the work Theatre Piece #1 - Under Tension: A Suspense Thriller by Cecil Touchon
Turning the corner to the right we see the first wall of works in the show - There are nearly 150 boxes in all.

A shot of the same wall from the other end.
frontal shot of the first works on the wall.
Continuation of the same wall.
Continuing along the wall.

Turning the corner to the back wall of the gallery.

continuing along the back wall
a viw of most of the back wall

Walking along the back wall...

continuing along the back wall

continuing along the back wall...

continuing along the back wall...

continuing along the back wall and turning the corner to the last wall...

the last wall
fisheye view of the last side of the last wall

shot of a work contributed by Yoko Ono on the pedestal.

The remainer of the last wall

Close up

Achtung Bitte Kunst Kann Eine Falle Sein - Angelo Ricciardi and Antonio Picardi - 2008

close up of a work by Jane Wang

You may notice on some of these photos that some of the works have been exchanges with other works, this is because I ran out of places to put the last several boxes that came in! So for the photo exhibition I changes out a few works to be sure to show almost everything that will be exhibited.

close up of works on the last wall

close up of works on the last wall

We have a box store on the west side of Fort Worth that we use for all our box needs. I went up to the box store once I ran out of wall space and played with boxes until I arrived at this pyramid shaped design to hold the remaining works.

The red box in the center is a first box by one of my young assistants Wade Towers - an aspiring artist who became inspired by all the boxes and wanted to make one for the show.

Three painted boxes by Chris Reynolds

Installation shot of Tidal - 2009
(on the pedestal with velvet cloth and fish shape)
by Roberto Munguia - Irving, Texas
wooden serving bowl (northwest coast style) willed with human hair of virgin girls with hidden tape recorder playing a short exerpted loop of Yoko Ono's Voice Piece for Soprano (1961) of a girl screaming.

Jurassi-fluxkit  -  2008 by Cecil Touchon

Late comers to the show include the two portfolios of misc. paper works and the following photos of installed works