Not Wanting to Say Anything About Marcel. -John Cage, 1969.
ArtDaily: In 1969, Cage created a series of eight “plexigrams” collectively titled Not Wanting to Say Anything About Marcel, to honor his good friend and fellow artist Marcel Duchamp who had died in 1968. The title refers to a comment Jasper Johns made to Cage when artists were encouraged to respond in memoriam to Duchamp’s death. Johns said, in effect, I don’t want to say anything, and Cage used this for his title.
Cage created “Not Wanting to Say Anything about Marcel” at Eye Editions, Cincinnati. Each of the eight constructions, produced in an edition of 125, consists of eight Plexiglas panels silkscreened with images and text, set on edge in a slotted wooden base. Cage determined the content as well as the color and placement by a group of chance outcomes obtained from the Chinese I Ching system. The works are also installed with regard to chance, with the panels in a different order each time the plexigrams are displayed.
John Cage tells us that not knowing where to begin is a common form of paralysis.
His advice: ‘Begin anywhere’