Mit angewinkelten Beineni
Kunstmuseum Olten, 8. 9. 2012
Sea sponges, stain, magnets, carbon poles, steel holder
With legs bent – All seven spaces on the two floors of the Museum of Art in Olten have been covered with a thin layer of concrete. One can see traces of how it is been manually poured, bucket by bucket, on a layer of insulation 8 cm thick. Here and there, the concrete crackles and cracks, even when visitors tread with care.
Eighty-five paint-soaked sea sponges are laid out on the floors of the galleries. I collect them one after the other with twelve long poles. There are magnets on the poles and in the sponges so that especially the smaller sponges jump off the floor as I approach with the pole. The wet paint immediately begins dripping onto the concrete, making a trail throughout the entire museum. All the poles, now heavily laden with several dripping sponges, are assembled in the last room. A dark pool of paint collects around the object, which stays there for the duration of the exhibition. The paint dries out. The more visitors there are to the museum, the more cracks there are in the concrete. In time, the concrete floor becomes soft and pliable but without breaking apart.