Sari Dienes (Debreczen, Hungary, 1898 – New York, US, 1992). Sari Dienes’ impressive career spanned over 60 years. She worked with a large range of mediums such as ceramic, textile design, sound installation, drawing, printing, set and costume for theatre, performance and painting. Pioneer of the assemblage movement, Dienes’ compositions essentially consist of natural and manmade detritus and found objects. She actively used her direct urban surrounding as a tool, noticeably with her large scale “Sidewalk Rubbing” between 1953 and 1955. Dienes was also a close collaborator of Fluxus artists such as Yoko Ono, Nam June Paik and Charlotte Moorman, taking part in several of their performances and festivals. Introduced by their common friend Ben Patterson, Conz and Dienes met at her studio in 1987. Marked by Dienes’ personality and achievements, Conz proposed to exhibit her works in Europe, which had them collaborate until Dienes’ death.
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