“Push and Pull: A Furniture Comedy for Hans Hofmann ” (1963) is a participatory installation in which visitors arrange and re-arrange domestic objects and junk. The work was originally conceived as a parody of Allan Kaprow’s painting teacher, Hans Hoffman, who often used the phrase “push and pull” to describe the dynamics involved in two dimensional composition. Kaprow expanded Hoffman’s concept of compositional strategy, moving it beyond the canvas and into social space.
Participants in “Push and Pull” plan and implement alterations to the gallery space, co-operating or competing with each other in an ever-evolving furniture dance. “Push and Pull” is a microcosm of the tensions involved in all spatial negotiations in urban environments.
We are excited to present this piece, for the first time ever in Australia, thanks to Allan Kaprow’s Estate.
Who are we? We are a bunch of Allan Kaprow fans and enthusiasts in Sydney. This enactment of Push and Pull is coordinated by Nick Keys, Astrid Lorange, and Lucas Ihlein, with many guest artists participating.