Daily Inspiration: Tehching Hsieh, 1983-1984

One Year Performance 1983-1984 (Rope Piece)

Tehching (Sam) Hsieh is a noted New York City-based performance artist. From 1978 – 1986, Hsieh accomplished five One Year Performances; from 1986 – 1999, he worked on what he called his “Thirteen-Year Plan”.

We’ve included three photos from his 1983 performance piece where he spent one year tied to another artist Linda Montano via an 8 foot long rope. The artists lived in the same room and could not touch each other until the end of the year. Both of them shaved their hair in the beginning of the year.

For many Teching Hsieh’s rigor, dedication of his art inspires passion, and the elusive epic nature of his performance generates awe and discussion.

More on Hsieh’s work @ Art Journal

Hsieh’s website

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