Terry Fox

born – May 10, 1943, Seattle/Washington (USA)
died – October 14, 2008, Köln (Germany)

Graduates from Issaquah High School. Works one year at Boeing aircraft company and saves money to study art in Rome, Italy. Attends evening art class at Cornish School Of Allied Arts, Seattle.

Attends Accademia delle Belle Arti in Rome, Italy for three months, until school is closed by strikes. Paints independently for remaining nine months.

Moves to San Francisco. Paints independently, inspired by the poetry of Arthur Rimbaud until 1967. Works for U.S.Postal Service and saves money for a return to Europe.

Moves to Amsterdam. Paints and begins first „actions“ after becoming aquainted with Fluxus and „De-Collage Publications“.

Moves to Paris for one year. Makes drawings, rubbings. Begins „street actions“ and process sculpture. Forms interest in Antonin Artaud.

Returns to San Francisco and creates Public Theater, four manifestations of events with posters, in public locations. Works in the field of Conceptual Art.

First solo exhibition at Reese Palley Gallery, San Francisco (using two audiotape loops). Begins work with sound. Isolation Unit, performance with Joseph Beuys in the Kunstakademie, Düsseldorf, Germany (extended-play record produced).

National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist Grant for one year. Purchases Porta-pack video and high-qualitity audio equipment.

Documenta 5, Kassel, Germany, Action for a Tower Room. All works for six years (environments, performances, sculptures, drawings) based on the figure of the Labyrinth of Chartres Cathedral. Concentration on sound as a sculptural medium.

First solo museum exhibition, University Art Museum, Berkeley, California.

National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist Grant. Produces the Children’s Tapes, a series of 34 videotapes for children. Solo exhibition of these tapes at Everson Museum, Syracuse, New York.

First sound sculpture and large piano-wire instrument, Lunar Rambles, the Kitchen, New York City.

National Endowment for the Arts. Individual Artist grant for one year. Discovers a method to cause piano wire to vibrate longitudinaly. Large rooms and spaces are transformed into sound boxes and resonating chambers.

Adaline Kent Award, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California.

One-year grant, Berlin Künstlerprogramm des Deutschen Akademischen Austauschdienstes (D.A.A.D.). Kunstmuseum, Lucerne, Switzerland, exhibition with cat., containing an L.P. record, Linkage. Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany, exhibition with cat., Metaphorical Instruments.

From 1984
Continuous work in the fields of drawing, sculpture, sound installation, often combined with language and text.

Kunstraum, Munich, Germany, exhibition with cat., Catch Phrases (text drawings), and book, Hobo Signs, with text by Christina Tacke.

Artist in Residence, Capp Street Project; and Artist in Residence, the Exploratorium, both San Francisco. Exhibition at University Art Museum, Berkeley,California. Brochure.

Via Toscanella, Florence, Italy. Permanent outdoor installation.

Het Appolohuis, Eindhoven, Netherlands. L.P.record, facsimile of notebook,Textum (Web); edition of audiocassette, The Labyrinth Scored for the Purrs of 11 Cats; exhibition.

Galerie Löhrl, Mönchengladbach, Germany, exhibition, cat., Objects (Texts)/Drawings (Texts).

Traveling exhibition with catalogue, Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia; University Art Museum, Berkeley; Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles; Santa Monica Museum, Santa Monica, cat., Terry Fox: Articulations (Labyrinth/Text Works).

Jackson-Pollock Grant for one year, New York

First book focused on works with sound, Terry Fox: Works with Sound, produced in connection with an exhibition in the Statdtgalerie Saarbrücken, Germany. The book is dedicated to deceased friend the Austrian poet and Jew’s-harp player Georg Decristel.

Terry Fox: 30 Years of Speaking and Writing about Art, book produced in connection with exhibition at the Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst, Bremen, Germany.

Combining visual art and literature: drawings, word-games and riddles, objects, sculptures environment and sound installation.

Text environment based on a poem by Arthur Rimbaud and the concept of synaesthesia, Vocale Vocale, Gallery e/static, Turin, Italy.

(RE/DE) CONSTRUCTIONS & c., Retrospective solo exhibition in the Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany, cat., Sound Sculpture Narcissus and Echo inspired by „Metamorphoses“, Ovid

The Salt Herring, Text- and Sound Installation based on a poem by Charles Cros

Teaching at the San Francisco Art Instiute, USA

Artist in Residence, Worpswede, Germany

Illuminations, Gallery Ronald Feldman, New York: drawings and objects with Text, Installation

Artist in Residence, Quartier 21, Vienna, Austria, 8 channel sound installation „Acousticks“ „Looking for Mushrooms“, Beat Poets, Hippies, Funk, Minimal Art San Francisco 1955-1968, Museum Ludwig Köln