Lee Lozano: Dropout Piece – dialogue at Ooga Booga – video online

Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer, Bruce Hainley

Contexts / 20.05.2014

On Sunday 30 March 2014 we launched our recent One Work book, Lee Lozano: Dropout Piece, with this dialogue between author Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer and Bruce Hainley at Ooga Booga bookstore, Los Angeles.

Dropout Piece (begun c.1970) is the name Lee Lozano gave to her self-imposed transformation from art world insider to outsider. It is also a large-scale action carried out with lifelong, indeed posthumous, consequences. In our new One Work, LA based writer Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer presents it as a great experiment in art and endurance. Drawing closely upon Lozano’s private notebooks she argues that Dropout Piece still haunts the art world today as oral history, ephemera and fantasy, and reveals how Lozano’s practice advanced the relationship between language and performance and between private thought and urgent action.

LA based writer Lehrer-Graiwer and Bruce Hainley discussed the present-day (im)possibilities of radical withdrawal or going underground; professionalism and its repulsions; the often deleterious and dangerous effects of a life in art; and the psychic (even psychedelic) rollercoaster that it is to undertake long-term thinking and writing on a subject, among other ideas related to this One Work book.

Bruce Hainley is a writer living in Los Angeles whose most recent book, Under the Sign of [sic]: Sturtevant's Volte-Face, is the first monographic study on the artist in English and was published by Semiotext(e) last December.

Video courtesy Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer, Bruce Hainley, and 356 S. Mission Road, Los Angeles