With Extra City's latest exhibition "More Stories on Absence", the Myth of John Fare has surfaced once again. The exhibition piece is nothing more but a wide circulating text about John Fare and does not shed any light upon the person nor the myth of John Fare.
In 1985 I wrote to the Isaacs Gallery in Toronto, where he supposedly had his entire right hand amputated on 17 september 1968. I got a letter back from Mr. Av Isaacs, director:
February 15, 1985
Dear Danny Devos,
Thank you for your letter of January 31st.
The story of John Fare which has managed to persist for almost twenty years now, has no factual basis. In the late '60's, I put on a series of mixed media concerts in my gallery, and that is where the rumour began. There was no such person as John Fare as far as I know.