As beautiful as the chance encounter on a gallery wall of a painter and a drill hole.

colored plaster, drill holes
variable dimensions
2008

Existing holes and blemishes on the gallery walls are filled with colored plaster while new holes are drilled to form popular tattoo designs around the space. By following the usually labours of installing an exhibition, but turning it on its head, the work displays both and draws association between decorating the body and the “skin” of the gallery.

Its title As beautiful as the chance encounter on a gallery wall of a painter and a drill hole alludes to the quote “As beautiful as the chance encounter on an operating table of an umbrella and a sewing machine” by Comte de Lautréamont (1846-1870), a literary precursor to Surrealism. Through this the work unfolds in a series of metaphorical relationships between desire, exhibition, identity, materials and imagination, where absurdity acts as a poetic conduit between them.