GENERAL IDEA 1969-1994

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  • 7201


    Borderline Case: Five - The Great Divide

    1972
    Screenprint on paper with post card appliqué: 572 x 724 mm
    Edition of 80 plus A/Ps, signed (rubber-stamped) and numbered
    Self-published
    The print is rubber-stamped "Borderline Case."
    Based on the project "Borderline Cases" published in

    FILE Megazine

    (vol. 2, no. 3, September 1973).
    Originally a set of 10 prints was planned, but only two were completed.
    See 7202, 7302.

    7202


    Borderline Case: Nine - Consummation

    1972
    Screenprint on paper: 570 x 722 mm
    Edition of 50 plus 2 A/Ps, signed (rubber-stamped) and numbered
    Published by Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa
    The print is rubber-stamped "Borderline Case." Based on the project "Borderline Cases" published in

    FILE Megazine

    (vol. 2, no. 3, September 1973).
    See 7201, 7302.

    7203


    Coupling Split (Love Wounds) - The Great Canadian Split Project for General Idea

    1972
    3 parts, offset on bond paper: each 280 x 215 mm
    Edition size unknown, unsigned and unnumbered
    Self-published
    Mailer listing couples recently separated sent to General Idea's mailing list as part of their ongoing "Split" project. Some of the mailers included a 2 pp. drawing by Eric Metcalfe a.k.a. Dr. Brute.

    7204


    Dear General Idea, if I live to be a hundred I'll never forgive myself for...

    1972
    Offset on bond paper, recto and verso: 280 x 215 mm
    Edition of approximately 100, unsigned and unnumbered
    Self-published
    Mail art project requesting response from recipients to a found questionnaire. From 80-85 questionnaires mailed, 43 responses were received, of which only 3 respondents denied they were sorry.

    7205


    Family Resemblances

    1972
    Album containing 7 gelatin silver prints: various dimensions
    a. Red card cover with plastic binding and typescript title "Family Resemblances," 7 gelatin silver prints: 130 x 188 mm
    b. Pink card cover with plastic binding and handwritten title "Family Resemblances," rubber-stamped "SWEEPING GENERALITY" on front cover and "CANADIAN COMPANY" with a maple leaf pattern on the back cover, 7 gelatin silver prints: 128 x 178 mm
    c. Dark red card cover with plastic binding, no title, 7 gelatin silver prints: 90 x 102 mm
    Edition size unknown (only a few produced), unsigned and unnumbered
    Self-published
    The photographs, showing members and friends of General Idea wearing identical wigs, were intended to "illustrate" Ludwig Wittgenstein's theories on "family resemblances." These were intended to be published at a later date as a small artist's book, but the project was never completed.

    7206


    FILE Chart (Top 10)

    1972
    Offset on card, recto and verso: 152 x 180 mm
    Edition size unknown, unsigned and unnumbered
    Published by Art Official Inc., Toronto
    Audience response card mailed to FILE's mailing list. Responses were used for the article "Top Ten" in

    FILE Megazine

    (vol. 1, no. 1, 15 April 1972).
    See 7207, 7214.

    7207


    FILE Megazine

    (vol. 1, no. 1, 15 April 1972) 1972
    "Mr. Peanut Issue"
    Web offset periodical, 32 pp. plus cover, black-and-white reproductions, with 8 pp. insert by Dana Atchley a.k.a. Ace Space Co.: 355 x 280 mm
    Edition of 3000
    Published by Art Official Inc., Toronto
    Includes insert by Dana Atchley, Ace Space Co. On The Road/1971-72, offset pamphlet: 280 x 215 mm, printed at Coach House Press, Toronto.
    See 7206, 7214, 7901.

    7208


    FILE Megazine

    (vol. 1, no. 2&3, May/June 1972) 1972
    "Manipulating the Self Issue"
    Web offset periodical, 64 pp. plus cover, black-and-white reproductions: 355 x 280 mm
    Edition of 3000
    Published by Art Official Inc., Toronto
    See 7002, 7117, 7305, 7901.

    7209


    FILE Megazine

    (vol. 1, no. 4, December 1972) 1972
    "Eye of the Shadow Issue"
    Web offset periodical, 32 pp. plus cover, black-and-white reproductions: 355 x 280 mm
    Edition of 3000
    Published by Art Official Inc., Toronto
    See 7901.

    7210


    Gold-diggers of '84

    1972
    2 parts, offset on card and offset on bond paper: 143 x 135 mm and 215 x 278 mm
    Edition of 90, unsigned and unnumbered; plus A/Ps, signed, unnumbered
    Self-published
    The card was sent to 90 recipients as a donation to their art collection and as an announcement of General Idea's representation in that collection. The second item, sent to the same recipients, listed all the collections in which General Idea was represented, in fact the same 90 individuals and organizations.

    7211


    The Great Canadian Art Tragedy Project, Performed for General Idea by Dennis Wheeler, May 1972

    1972
    Offset, felt pen on bond paper: 280 x 215 mm
    Edition size unknown, unsigned and unnumbered
    Self-published
    Mailer, a copy of a negative review by Dennis Wheeler of FILE's first issues, sent to FILE's mailing list requesting that the recipient tear it in half and forward both pieces to the author.

    7212


    How Do You Slice Your Pie?

    1972
    Offset on card, recto and verso: 89 x 216 mm
    Edition size unknown, unsigned and unnumbered
    Published by Art Official Inc., Toronto
    Audience response card mailed to FILE's mailing list. Responses were never published.

    7213


    Humpty Dumpty, For Example

    1972
    3 parts, offset on bond paper (one with rubber-stamp): one 280 x 215 mm; two 178 x 216 mm
    Edition size unknown, unsigned and unnumbered
    Self-published
    A 3-part "press release," each titled as follows:
    a. "Humpty Dumpty (For Example)"
    b. "Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall, All the Kings horses and all the Kings men couldn't put Humpty together again" with rubber-stamp "Department of Visual Arts, University of Saskatchewan, Regina, Saskatchewan"
    c. "Historical Notes"
    These were mailed to General Idea's mailing list as part of the

    Humpty Dumpty, For Example

    project which included an action, edited into the 1972 videotape of the same name.
    7214


    The Inside of Your Refrigerator

    1972
    Offset on card, recto and verso: 140 x 90 mm
    Edition size unknown, unsigned and unnumbered
    Published by Art Official Inc., Toronto
    Audience response card mailed to General Idea's mailing list. Responses were published in

    FILE Megazine

    (vol. 1, no. 1, 15 April 1972).
    See 7206, 7207.

    7215


    Light On: Progress Report

    1972
    Screenprint on mirror: 460 x 610 mm
    Edition of 10, signed and numbered
    Self-published
    Published for the exhibition Light On held at Carmen Lamanna Gallery, Toronto, 27 May 15 June 1972. The artists later destroyed most of the edition.
    See 7113-7115.

    7216


    Press Release - Orgasm Renewal Project

    1972
    Offset and rubber-stamp on bond paper: 280 x 215 mm
    Edition size unknown, unsigned and unnumbered
    Self-published
    The mailer in the form of a FILE Megazine "press release" documents an action by AA Bronson in January 1972 in which he attempted to repeat his orgasms documented in the previous year's completed Orgasm Energy Chart.
    See 7003, 7217.

    7217


    Press Release - Orgasm Renewal Project

    1972/95
    Photocopy on bond paper: 280 x 215 mm
    Edition of 50, signed, unnumbered
    Published by Homogenius, Toronto
    Signed "AA." Included in the boxed edition of 27 individual artists' multiples Homogenius 4, it is a facsimile of

    Press Release - Orgasm Renewal Project

    published in 1972.
    See 7003, 7216.