120 children’s soft play bricks displayed in a gallery space replicating Carl Andre ‘Equivalent VIII 1966’.
Visitors are encouraged to interact with the bricks in whatever way they choose throughout gallery opening times as long as all the 120 bricks remain in the same room. At the beginning of each day of display, the art work is set to its default position of ‘Equivalent VIII’, 1966 for the entirety of the exhibition run.
The artist relinquishes control of the the work over to the audience.
The artist leaves their ego in the traditional realm of ‘success’ or ‘failure’ by relinquishing control.
The artist has ‘failed’ at creating a decent piece of sculpture and believes that the public, in particular children, will do a better job.
It does what most art and artists want to do, demonstrate an understanding of the canon that has come before them.
It is an invitation to interact, activate and learn from contemporary art.
It is an opportunity for the space to be used across different education curriculums.
It aims to demonstrate the egalitarian nature of contemporary art work.
It relates to the artist’s work as an educator i.e. as much as you plan and think of great ideas, the moment you work with a group of young people somewhere during the process, their ideas will trump your own initial thoughts.
Art galleries are places where uniqueness is celebrated but this uniqueness is often reserved for the artist only. The public should be allowed to create and share in this uniqueness.
Art is for everyone. It is a preciousness associated with art that is one of the main barriers to people accessing it on any level.