A book dedicated to the billions of hens sacrificed each year for our consumption, Blinky is the quintessential conceptual artwork of the 1970s. Blinky is the seriocomic brainchild of artist Jeffrey Vallance, who has taken the concept and processes of documentation to their most absurd conclusion. 2008 marks the thirty-year anniversary of Jeffrey Vallances Blinky project. In celebration of this historic event, Vallance has released The Special 30th Anniversary Edition of the publication, Blinky the Friendly Hen (Smart Art Press; Santa Monica, 2008) in conjunction with a life-size Blinky Chapel complete with roof and steeple at Track 16 Gallery. The original Blinky (1978) was a piece of meat (chicken) Vallance purchased at a local supermarket. What followed was a trip to the Los Angeles Pet Cemetery to see if they would bury a piece of meatthey did, and held a subsequent burial ritual for a dead pet, all documented by Vallance. Vallances straightforward narrative and simple black-and-white photos offer a striking commentary on our society, our treatment of animals, and death. The Special 30th Anniversary Edition of Blinky the Friendly Hen (3rd Ed.) includes a DVD documenting the project, plus extras not seen in previous editions.
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