short sad thoughts

Short Sad Thoughts / 1990 / Brass, nails / 22 x 3 cm (x2)

"This work consists of two hanging copper wires that appear to be at the mercy of an enormous gravitational pull. In reality, it was with effort that I bent the wires, an act that I then repeated in exactly the same manner. The title has receded into the material on two levels: a thought that lets itself be conducted upwards from the lower left-hand side, around the nail, and back down again and the thought process of acutally bending the metal. The doubling of a moment in time is the first attempt to accomodate the passage of time in the otherwise totally immobile Self-portrait as a Building."
work and text by Mark Manders