The Blind Man No.3

The title "The Blind Man No.3" refers to the art magazine "The Blind Man" which was edited in New York in 1917 by Marcel Duchamp and Man Ray. Only two editions were printed, one in April and one in May of that same year.

For a one man show at Ryllega Gallery, Hanoi, Viet Nam, I designed a guard’s uniform. I hired a blind person to wear the uniform and to take care of the gallery. The gallery was empty. The guard was the artwork, its guard and its explainer.

"C’est le regardeur qui fait le tableau"
(It is the viewer who makes the image.) Marcel Duchamp

"Beloje na Belomj" (White on White)
is the title of a painting by Kasimir Malevich

"Zeige deine Wunde" (Show your wound)
is the title of an installation by Joseph Beuys

"What you see is what you get"
is an American saying and one of the essential concepts of American modernity.

The 4 different quotes, printed on cards, one side the original, one side the Vietnamese translation, were handed out occasionally to the viewer, by the blind guard. As he was blind he could not tell which card he gave to a person.