Tape recorder in one hand, address book in the other, he scoured the rich boscage
of New York culture in search of people who were then heroes to a younger generation: "I assembled all that was of interest to me and the group of artists I was a part of at the time [including Sol LeWitt, Dan Graham, Mel Bochner, Eva Hesse, Robert Smithson, Ruth Vollmer, and Peter Hutchinson] in a kind of election of ancestors and contemporaries, held together in several conceptual schemata, cross-referenced through traditions and themes, and summarized in the language of set theory.
And there is no denying the Edinburgh presence, scampering, velvet-coated, a Hyde, up the Lothian Road; a not altogether willingly wigged and robed Jekyll, stalking the corridors of the High Court of Justiciary; a small boy gazing entranced into the penny plain, tuppence coloured little old stationer's shop in Antigua Street, or at desert island play amid the boscage
of the deep green ravine garden between Heriot Row and Queen Street; a little child in the old nursery aloft at No.
Amazingly, all four of the runners in the 1m conditions race at Bath traded at odds-on, starting with the winner and including Boscage
But the dogs had been barking about another Johnston runner, and Boscage
duly obliged as the 6-5 favourite on his debut.
Johnston's second winner was Boscage
in the 1m handicap.