‘Four Locations in Encinitas, Southern California: In Remembrance of Allan Kaprow 1927 - 2006.’

Currently part of 'In My House', an online exhibition curated by Abigail Miller at abigailmillerstudio.

 

In February 2019, I visited Encinitas, a coastal town in Southern California. By chance, I found that Allan Kaprow, an artist who was an early influence in the way I think about making art, had died there in 2006.
I decided to make some enquiries in the hope of taking a selfie with a commemorative plaque somewhere in the town. I was put in touch with and met the President of the Encinitas Historical Society but there were no references in her records of Kaprow living and working there.
Kaprow was one of the American artists who, from the mid-1950’s, developed activities and strategies that
came to be known as ‘Happenings’. I decided to devise this present work as my own commemoration of him, showing four locations in Encinitas where he could possibly have made a ‘Happening’.
As you view the photographs I encourage you to listen to Allan Kaprow explaining how to make a ‘Happening’ at this link; 

 http://ubu.com/sound/kaprow.html

Press play.
 

Martin Cody
March 2019

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