X-PRESS Revisited Entry 6 (November 30, 2015)

Phew!! This will be the last post of the X-PRESS revisited. I scanned all of the materials, burnt them to a disk and handed them off to Mike Horvath. We will see what further collaborations might be in store for us. I have asked him to document our X-PRESS artwork in Wikipedia because he is such a gifted writer.

Mike is a published author. Mike wrote a collection of two novellas titled, Brighter Graphite”. Following are two online reviews of “Brighter Graphite”:



Please check out his book – I absolutely love this book. If you are an artist you will definitely enjoy the book.

The last images of our X-PRESS collaborations follow. The image below is a scan of our poster for our last performance titled, “Shelf Life”.


The next image is a scan of the program for the “Shelf Life” performance. We wrapped this label around and adhered it to cans that we bought and stripped off the old label. We passed out these cans with this label at the beginning of the performance. We actually designed the label first and then used it for the poster.


The next image is a scan of the front and back of a business card we created and distributed at the time.



The last two images are scans of a magazine we published and distributed in the late 70’s early 80’s called “GAGZ”. We printed a lot of these and distributed them around Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.







X-PRESS Revisited Entry 5 (November 20, 2015)

Here is the fifth group of X-PRESS ephemera that I have recently scanned for documentation. These images all come from our programs for our performances. Almost every performance we collaborated on was accompanied by a program. Usually a double-sided xeroxed paper folded in some way. These were passed out before the performance began.

The list of our performances are as follows:

1979 March 15 – “Time To Kill” at Ohio State University

1979 April – “Void Where Prohibited” at University of Akron

1979 May 29 – “Artistic License” at Ohio State University

1979 June 1,2 – “D-Program” at Ohio State University

1979 August 24 -“The D-Vice” at Ohio State University

1980 March 12 – “The Bachelor Party” at Ohio State University

1980 May 12-17 – “Ulterior Motifs” Hopkins Gallery at Ohio State University

1980 July 29 – “The Living End” Artreach Gallery, Columbus, Ohio

1982 April 1 – “Shelf Life” Experimental Gallery, Akron, Ohio


The first photograph is the program from “Time To Kill”.



The following is the program from “The D-Vice” This program was folded in thirds.





Following is the program from “The Bachelor Party”







X-PRESS Revisited Entry 4 (November 12, 2015)

I have processed more photos from the X-PRESS collaboration. The first photo is a poster for a performance we did titled, “The Living End”. The next photo is the front and back cover of our program for the performance. It is a xerox paper double sided and folded into thirds. The following photo is the inside of our program for the performance.

The last photo is a promotional piece that shows a design of the logo we created for X-PRESS at the top of the page. I am unsure where the photo of the rats came from but we added the words “Rat Race” at the top.









X-PRESS Revisited Entry 3 (November 5, 2015)

I have processed more photographs and ephemera from our collaborations. The performance photo below is from a collaboration we titled, “Void Where Prohibited” . We were invited by Sandra Amitay at the University of Akron to install artwork on the construction fence around a site of a parking deck in April of 1979. We decided to dig a hole under the fence. It was raining so we donned black trash bags as raincoats, the time was 2:30 pm. Just after we finished digging the hole and were about to attach a sign above the hole with the title, “DEFENSE”. We were stopped by R. Henry of the University of Akron Security department. He wrote us up and stated in his report, ” I informed David Hartz…and Michael Horvath…that they are to fill in the hole under the construction fence for the new parking lot deck and (sic) the west side. They had legitimate papers from the University of Akron to hang “items” on the fence, but not to dig under the fence into the construction site. If they have any questions, I informed them to contact our office.”

We filled in the hole and then came back at 5:00 pm with a pair of newly purchased handcuffs and locked them to the fence on the other end of the handcuffs we attached a wire cutter along with a sign that said “LOOPHOLE”. Sometime between 8:00 pm and 9:15 the next morning, “LOOPHOLE” was completed. Someone had cut the fence where the handcuffs and wire cutter were hanging and stolen them, leaving a hole in the fence and our “LOOPHOLE” sign.

We published a small xerox booklet that had all the documentation for this collaboration.


The next photos show one of our first performances which was to issue Artistic Licenses to the audience. I have photos of the front and the back of the licenses here.





The rest of the photos are promotional items for various performances.