James Lee Byars: Five Points Make a Man
Exhibition catalogue. The concept of "five points make a man" is an idea Byars became increasingly fascinated with toward the end of his life: given an arrangement of five points of any kind, the mind of the viewer would construct the human figure. This idea is rooted in the minimal, vestigial human forms present in his earliest sculptural works. It later took form in several related sculptures, drawings and "death" performances Byars created in the last ten years of his life. Five Points Make A Manis directly related to two important "death" works of 1994, The Death of James Lee Byars, performed at Galerie Marie-Puck Broodthaers in Brussels, and The Death of James Lee Byars - Five Points Make A Man, performed in public in Venice. In the Brussels work the artist lies in state in the gallery and, upon rising, places five crystals to indicate the body’s extremities; in the Venice work Byars substituted drops of water for the crystals.
12.5 x 9 inches