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Question: What informs your work?

Fritz Haeg: Well, certainly there is a few artists like Gordon Medicorck [phonetic] from the 70s who has been, really enormously influential in my work I think since I was even college. He is someone who similarly had something of a background in architecture, and whose work went off into happenings and into his large scale of sculpture projects actually involve building, but the removal of part of building, since that of the addition like material, let’s say which is, we can actually think of with the sculpture of the architect is adding material to the world and I think what I am so interested in with his work in particular is these cutting he did, building cuttings, where he would remove very strategically pieces of buildings to make them function in different ways, they will make you understand them in different ways. Then he did a project called food in sojo [phonetic] which was really nothing more than a restaurant where artist would come and cook and prepare food for other people, but it also was a venue for activities and happening that went way beyond what you would think of as a conventional restaurant, but I think his work is growing more and more relevant I think in more and more influential on different architects and artists practices today. I think with this really important survey at the Whitney this year, it will be interesting to see how is work is influential on generations of artist in architect, just come [Inaudible] now.

 

 

 

Recorded On: 3/10/08

 

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