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Andrew Forster
From June 4th 1985 to June 29th 1985
Installation

This proposal is for an installation type work, which consists of the following elements:

1) Small areas (aprox. 18”x12”) painted with green blackboard paint directly onto the walls at eye level (picture level) about 6 feet apart (aprox. 20 such areas).

2) Above each area of blackboard, mounted on the wall there will be an industrial light fixture (the kind with an external glass and metal housing to protect the bulb). These will contain low wattage bulbs (25/40w), which will illuminate each painted area. The windows would be covered and the normal gallery lighting would not be in use.

3) Each area would have written on it, in unfixed chalk, a quotation or name from the history of ideas. These might be revolutionary statements, universal truths, single words etc. These would be written in their original languages (a translation into French and English might be provided at the gallery desk).
Eg.
“Struggle comes out of moving on and is moving on. All that matters is the aim.” (Meinhof- in German)
“Aristotle” “Marx”
(examples, possibilities only)

4) A fourth element might (or might not) be necessary in the central area of the gallery providing a humourous counterpoint to the material on the walls (perhaps swings hung from the ceiling).

Discussion:
The names, quotations are written in chalk and are therefore very fragile, they could be erased or altered with the slightest touch. On the other hand that which illuminates them and allows us contact with them (technology) is rugged, shielded in a protective casing. Both the lighting and gallery walls become an integral part of the work-equal elements in the reading of it. The green blackboard paint represents the didactic. Without it the chalk writings would be invisible. The texts themselves (the content) would bear a poetic relationship to each other (ie. This is not a didactic work). I see this work as essentially a piece of poetry.
- A. Forster
- Artist Proposal (Optica)