Image: Trademarks
(The Bronx, New York, 1940 - April 27, 2017)

Trademarks , 1970 (reformatted and printed 2004)

Digitally printed photographs and text
52 in. x 105 in. (132.08 cm x 266.7 cm)
Knight Purchase Fund for Photographic Media
2005.17 a-d
individual panel, 2005.17b
Vito Acconci’s conceptual performances, documented in photographs, began to focus on his own body in 1970. To create Trademarks, the artist sat naked in a gallery, leaving deep teeth marks in his own flesh. Acconci described his actions as “biting as much of my body as I can reach, turning on myself, turning in on myself.” He applied ink to the bite marks and made prints on paper. The provocative performance explored a variety of topics including pain, endurance, mutilation, the meaning of mark-making and branding. The artist has produced many versions of the documentation of the original performance. This 2004 print has a cinematic quality, describing parts of the performance frame-by-frame.
  
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