David Shrigley, ‘Untitled (I am glad)’ (2013)
“I was a bartender for one night in my life when the restaurant where I worked as a dishwasher needed some extra hands for christmas night.
I had to divide my attention between the two recently divorced men attending my bar. one was over from the UK to visit his children, the other had just been kicked out by his wife. they both wanted to share their story so I only had half an ear for each of them.
For the event ‘Barwars’ manifestion at Extrapool, Nijmegen, I built a bar in a closet and made it really small, so that I could focus my entire attention on the needs of one customer at a time.”
‘One-man bar’ (2005) by Jan Huijben.
Rosemarie Trockel, ’56 Brushstrokes’ (1990)
The ’56 Brushstrokes’ are the product of a Painting Machine designed by Rosemarie Trockel. Seven rows of eight brushes are attached to shafts oufitted with steel rollers, which are drawn along a track approximately two meters long by a spool driven by an electric motor. The brushes are manufactured by Da Vinci, the painter’s brush factory in Nürnberg, with the hair of real artists. As they are pulled along, the brushes are first dipped in watercolors and then drawn over Japanese paper, so that they leave behind eight different brush strokes running in multiple broken “autograph marks” parallel to one another.
William Pope.L, ‘The Great White Way, 22 miles, 9 years, 1 street’ (2001-ongoing). From the larger series ‘eRacism’.
People who are forced to give up their verticality are prey to all kinds of dangers. But, let us imagine a person who has a job, possesses the means to remain vertical, but chooses momentarily to give up that verticality? To undergo that threat to his/her bodily/spiritual categories—that person would learn something. I did… Now I crawl to remember. – William Pope.L