II. Conceptual Art, 1969 - 78

I began as a painter, but soon converted to conceptual art, an art form that emphasized an “idea” and often incorporated photographs, words and performance.  It was a short walk to Soho, the new gallery district where all the current directions in art were on view.  For a brief moment young, aspiring artists like myself gathered at the Fine Arts Building on Hudson Street in what is now called Tribeca.  In fall 1975 three exhibitions spotlighted the rise of new directions in multi-media art that dealt with life, politics, gender and personal expression.

My particular brand of conceptual art was interactive and involved getting people to write, draw and pose for pictures.   Over time my work became more collaborative forming partnerships with others like the Dutch photographer and art therapist Bettie Ringma, with whom I worked with for close to eight years.