Originally published in 1983 by Maurizio Nannucci
, this collection gathers a careful selection of audio works by American body artist and conceptual artist Terry Fox, also a pioneer of sound art.
Terry Fox (1943 Seattle / 2008 Cologne) was one of the leading pioneers of American Body Art and Conceptual Art. He became famous in the Seventies with performances and installations, which took their point of origin the transformative processes of materials, and in which he used his own body as a medium for exploring often extreme psychological and physical experiences. With his lifelong exploration of sound and space, Terry Fox was also one of the pioneers of contemporary Sound Art.
Terry Fox belongs to those artists of the 60's and 70's who radically rejected traditional art forms and sought new forms of artistic expressions. In numerous installations, performances and street events he directed attention to everyday phenomena and aspects of social existence. He researched unknown or little regarded aspects of energy in substances and materials, most especially sound and vibration. Since the 80's Terry Fox composed objects, language, acoustic and process-oriented events into multilayered images in space and time. In his later years quiet sounds at the limit of audibility became more and more prominent.
This collection of Terry Fox AudioWorks was published in 1983, during the time he lived in Florence, by Maurizio Nannucci in the Recorthings series of audiocassette. Recorthings is a record label linked to the activities of Zona Non Profit Art Space (1974/1985) and to the broadcasting program Zonaradio (1981/1983).
Terry Fox (1943-2008) was born in Seattle, Washington. At the age of seventeen, he was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease, later referencing the cycles of illness and wellness in several artworks. Fox was an important figure in post-minimal sculpture
, conceptual art
arts on the West Coast
. Before permanently moving to Europe, he was based in San Francisco in the late 1960s and 1970s. Fox later moved to Liege, Belgium. His seminal series of works (environments, performances, sculptures, drawings) produced over an eight-year period was based on the theme of the configuration of the Chartres Labyrinth. He died in Cologne, Germany in 2008.