On the Infinite Plane
Tony Conrad passed away in 2016, after a lifetime of dedication to pushing artistic boundaries. So many of his works involved setting something up and letting it go, with no clear beginning or end. In contrast to the tight compositional control wielded by many of his contemporaries, Conrad pushed his own ego away from the center, inviting the viewer—and the natural world—to help create his art with him. (The Theater of Eternal Music. The Flicker. Panopticon. The soundtrack to Jack Smith’s Flaming Creatures. Just to name a few.) In death he is celebrated as a lone eccentric genius, but also for his lifetime contributions to community, and to education. Geeta Dayal for ARTFORUM — On the Infinite Plane.