I was super honored to do this “as told to” with Dan Graham, whose work I really admire—especially his writing on rock music from the 1970s. With me, he discussed his “Eleven Sugar Cubes,” which was first published in 1970 in Art in America, and is currently being shown at Hauser & Wirth in Zürich.
“So I took the sugar cubes, which were all about LSD, and put them in the polluted water of the bay in Jersey City. I didn’t take it very seriously. Then I took the photographs, and made them into a psychedelic comic strip. They had a strange kind of polluted color.”
Trippy and amazing. I wish I had been along with Graham while he photographed them, so many long years ago, when he and Robert Smithson were more concerned with pollution because it was beautiful and Mannerist, and less because of its disastrous results.