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By Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer

The artist Lee Lozano (1930--1999) started her profession as a painter; her
paintings quickly advanced from figuration to abstraction. within the overdue Sixties, she created
an enormous sequence of 11 monochromatic Wave work, her last
within the medium. regardless of her achievements as a painter, Lozano is better identified for two
acts of refusal, either one of which she undertook as works of art: Untitled (General
Strike Piece)
, all started in 1969, during which she lower herself off from the
advertisement paintings international for a time; and the so-called Boycott Piece,
which begun in 1971 as a month-long scan meant to enhance verbal exchange but
grew to become an everlasting hiatus from chatting with or without delay interacting with girls. In
this booklet, Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer examines Lozano's Dropout Piece,
the fruits of her perform, her maximum test in paintings and endurance,
encompassing all her withdrawals, and finishing purely together with her burial in an unmarked
grave.

And but, even though Dropout Piece is
between Lozano's most vital works, it may well no longer exist in any respect. there's no
traditional paintings to be exhibited, no functionality occasion to be documented.
Lehrer-Graiwer perspectives Dropout Piece as leveraging the artist's
whole perform and embodying her inventive intelligence, her radicality, and her
depth. Combining artwork heritage, analytical inquiry, and journalistic
research, Lehrer-Graiwer examines not just Lozano's act of chucking up the sponge but
additionally the evolution through the years of Dropout Piece within the context of
the artist's perform in ny and her next existence in Dallas.

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A bit is part of an entire, a part of a bigger perform and an event of self-intransition. it's a piece of ass and a section of hash or grass. Lozano’s use of the notice homophonically spoke for peace at a time of conflict and signed peace in departure, as in ‘peace out’. In early June 1969, she reflected a ‘switch from piece to investigation’;20 a number of months after, she stretched the idea to its verge of collapse: give some thought to swap FROM utilizing note PIECE TO DREAM OR delusion OR discover a higher be aware THAN THAT. REVERIE? FANCY? PHANTASY? CONCEIT? fable? CAPRICE? DREAM? 21 these kinds of choices hover round Dropout Piece: we will be able to think a hypothetical ‘Dropout Investigation’, ‘Dropout Dream’, ‘Dropout Fantasy’, 14 | Lee Lozano ‘Dropout Reverie’, ‘Dropout Fancy’, ‘Dropout Phantasy’, ‘Dropout Conceit’ or ‘Dropout Caprice’. Piece-ness, it seems, is a top quality of dispersion, a cumulative impression saved hazy round the edges. as well as bewildering the paintings marketplace and outwitting its capricious procedural evaluation of economic price, Lozano’s problematising of our skill to even realize – not to mention classify – her paintings as such a lot of discrete items will get off on indiscretion. Her technique harbours a disruptive politic of non-recognition and non-resolution, a conviction within the mind-expanding results of sustained uncertainty. The query of the place in time piece-ness is found additional frustrates. Her works discover the entire diversity of timeframes, from brief intervals, as in Throwing Up Piece (1969), which had her ‘throw the final twelve problems with Artforum up within the air’;22 to experiments over a number of days or even weeks; to lifelong behaviours and openended tasks. whilst does the murals commence or finish? The interconnectedness of items in Lozano’s perform indicates the lengthy view, extending a work’s enterprise a ways into the long run. • Acknowledging the confusion surrounding the ‘Life-Art’ language works and the way their fabric and immaterial facets relate to standard kinds, Lozano provided ‘clarification’. A movement chart within the fourth workstation (fig. 15) diagrams her major aesthetic ambitions and organises the family among them, however the explanation itself took shape in explanation Piece (1969, fig. 14): explanation PIECE (JULY 28, sixty nine) MAKE a transparent contrast among a section AS AN ACT OR sequence (SET) OF ACTS IN TIME, & THE WRITE-UP OF a bit WHICH happens purely while there's get together to teach THE WRITE-UP (EITHER PUBLICLY OR PRIVATELY within the shape often OF LETTERS TO INDIVIDUALS). 23 Above those instructions seems to be an unattributed quote that i will be able to in basic terms think are her personal phrases: ‘Blow year nostril to respire truly. Blow year brain to Dropout Piece | 15 think in actual fact. ’ typically, the artist penned the ‘write-ups’ of her items in all caps on typical sheets of clean, graph or carbon paper in the course of or after the act or sequence of acts were performed. unlike the mechanised font hired within the language-based works typed up by way of her (mainly male) friends like Dan Graham, Robert Smithson, Sol LeWitt or Joseph Kosuth – in a fashion approximating objectivity – Lozano normally wrote via hand, as she did in her inner most notebooks, again and again reasserting her personal gendered subjectivity and non-neutrality.

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