Draw a Line and Follow It

June 21 – August 20, 2006

Titled after LaMonte Young’s “Composition 1960 No. 10,” a performance score consisting of the instruction ‘Draw a straight line and follow it,’ this exhibition traces connections from George Brecht, Jackson Mac low, Yoko Ono, Mieko Shiomi, Robert Watts and others to a contemporary generation of artists that share an interest in the Fluxus practices of the 1960’s and 70’s. These LA-based artists were invited to explore Fluxus objects in the Jean Brown Collection at the Getty Research Institute. Each picked a score to instigate a new work – producing drawings, installations and performances (planned and spontaneous) throughout the summer at LACE.

Young’s score was dedicated to the artist Robert Morris, and it has been interpreted by a number of artists over the years, including composer David Tudor and artist Nam June Paik. Thus a piece that was composed by one artist and dedicated to another has served as inspiration for additional artists to create unique works of art based on a simple instruction. In keeping with this tradition, LACE asked an initial group of four artists not only make a new piece for the exhibition, but also to each invite another artist to participate. Each new artist was then invited to add another artist until a total of 16 were chosen. Three bonus participants, Peter Frank, Ben Patterson and the LA Art Girls, have also joined the project.


Alexandra Grant → Steve Roden → Jacob Melchi → Ethan Ayer
Darin Klein → Enrique Castrejon → Ming-Yuen S. Ma → Rheim Alkadhi
Mercedes Teixido → Tran T. Kim-Trang → Carole Kim → Angie Bray
Martin Venezky → Gail Swanlund → John Sueda → Brian Roettinger
Peter Frank + LA Art Girls + Ben Patterson

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Special Thanks to the staff in Special Collections at the Getty Research Institute.

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Draw A Line Guide