10 years ago, as a student at the Courtauld, I wondered about this, and wrote …
I haven’t a clue what is and isn’t art. If the following is art, then it’s art. I can’t do art with my hands, but some of the following may be art – not least because some of the things I used to have here I have subsequently discovered have actually been done already, and then considered art!
Perhaps what follows is bad poetry instead of bad art!
18,000 NatWest Logos
18,000 Sad faces (Wingdings capital “L”) printed out
(The takeover of NatWest, or its defence attempt, were going to lead to 18,000 redundancies)
A plastic sphere which has the volume
of all of the breath exhaled
by a person
during their lifetime
(diameter approx 70m)
A 1m x 6m ‘landscape’ arrangement of 1mm ruled squared paper with a supply of pencils, sharpeners, a bin and clear plastic bin liners to hold the pencil shavings.
Notice next to strip reads:
Take a pencil.
If necessary sharpen it to a fine point.
Carefully shade one of the squares for yourself, then shade one for each member of your immediate family and your closest friend. They are not allowed to touch. Resharpen your pencil when you need to.
When a bin liner becomes full of pencil shavings it should be tied up, placed near the work, and not removed.
The following items joined by individual chain links:
An animal’s thigh bone
A clay figure
A piece of meccano
A piece of Fisher Technik
A module of electronic lego
2 second movie of a Mercedes ignition key (c. 1997) being opened.
“All artworks are by Picasso unless otherwise stated”