guy de cointet, 1983 (the year i was born)

the man was ambidextrous and could write backwards fluently, like da vinci. he was an LA artist by way of france. he was fascinated with language and code.

untitled, 1983

in a giant article devoted to him in artforum last summer, artist matthew brannon described his initial reaction to de cointet's work: "the work was visually hard to define, yet somehow very familiar; it looked pretentious but also casual; it was intimidating but full of humor; and it never seemed a discrete end unto itself. in other words, everything looked like a prop. i loved it before i understood it."
i think i have the same feeling.

i had forgotten his name completely until i found it again on vvork.
thank god; it was driving me nuts.