All 26 letters of the alphabet will be applied to various surfaces on
the two streets and two avenues surrounding Tompkins Square Park (East
7th Street and East 10th Street; Avenue A and Avenue B).
HOW TO LOCATE
On various surfaces on East 7th Street, East 10th Street, Avenue A and
Avenue B surrounding Tompkins Square Park.
April 2, 2002, until no letters of the alphabet remain.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
John Perreault coined the term Street Work and was one of the coordinators
of Street Works (1-IV) manifested at various locations in Manhattan in
1969. Other coordinators were Vito Acconci, Scott Burton, Eduardo Costa
and Hannah Weiner. His 1969 Street Work ("Anytime I am recognized
in the street by someone I do not know is a Street Work")continues
to the present day. His solo exhibition of Toothpaste Tondos was at the
450 Broadway Gallery in December 2000.
The uniform, black stick-on letters that are the material street-manifestation
of Alphabet Streetwork are applied in such a way that joining the letters
alphabetically will create a drawing composed of one imaginary line criss-crossing
Tompkins Square thriteen times. Each letter, however, also creates its
own zone of perception.
Alphabet Streework continues a series begun with a piece manifested at
the opening reception of Street Works IV at he Architectural League in
1969, followed by Alphabet performed at the Whitney Museum of Art in 1971.