Geoffrey Hendricks (July 1931 – May 2018)
“Breaking open one’s thinking so that you move into a different realm of perception…I feel a certain way, what the [Fluxus] artists were doing there then, was in anticipation of what was going to come on later, which is part of its significance.”– Geoffrey Hendricks
Geoffrey Hendricks was an American artist who was associated with Fluxus from the mid 1960s. Between 1956-2003, Hendricks taught at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University as professor emeritus of art.
During the 1960s, Hendricks was associated with Allan Kaprow, Roy Lichtenstein and Lucas Samaras. He was dubbed the ‘Cloudsmith’ due to his love of clouds and wide use of sky imagery in paintings, on objects and in installations and performances. He was known for evoking joy through his works, including his ‘headstands for peace’, which he performed around the world.