Not Wanting to Say Anything About Marcel. Plexigram I不想談論任何有關馬塞爾的事──塑膠玻璃板印圖一
Not Wanting to Say Anything about Marcel is one of John Cage’s earliest graphic works. Best known as a composer, Cage created the piece as a tribute to Marcel Duchamp, a pioneer of conceptual art who died in 1968. The title refers to a remark made by artist Jasper Johns at Duchamp’s death: ‘I don’t want to say anything about Marcel.’ The work consists of eight ‘Plexigrams’, each made of eight Plexiglas panels set into a wooden base. Cage produced the work by using his signature approach of ‘chance operations’, which was inspired by the I Ching, the Chinese ‘book of changes’. The artist made random selections of letters and numbers, silk-screening them along with images on the panels. When the panels are assembled together, they present a multilayered composition of fragments of texts and images without a fixed meaning.