The Marchine is a homemade apparatus that Foulkes built from old-fashioned car and bicycle horns and other parts that emit sound. After being a drummer in a rock band from 1965-1971, Foulkes invented The Machine because he got tired of rock music that in his opinion all became about how loud it is.
Llyn Foulkes was born in 1934 in Yakima, Washington. He studied at the Chouinard Art Institute (now CalArts). Foulkes began exhibiting with the Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles in 1959, where many famous Los Angeles-artists such as Wallace Berman, Robert Irwin and Ed Ruscha had their first solo shows.
In 1967, Llyn Foulkes was awarded the first Prize for Painting at the Paris Biennale, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, and he participated in the IX São Paulo Art Biennial, in Brazil. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art was the first museum to acquire his work for the collection in 1964. In 1974 he had his first retrospective at the Newport Harbor Art Museum. In 1992 his work was included in the exhibition Helter Skelter at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. After his participation at dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel, Llyn Foulkes will have a major retrospective in 2013 at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.
Llyn Foulkes performing The Machine at dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel (Germany). June 6, 2012.
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