50 Fathoms

A work in three parts:
Part 1 was designed for a discreet audience consisting of the Director and members of the cleaning staff of a newly renovated Art Centre who witnessed a 550cc motorcycle being driven through the newly built wall of the main gallery into the adjoining office space. The gallery space being long and narrow was ideal for this purpose. (see gallery plan).
Part 2 was designed for gallery staff prior to the exhibition opening who would witness the motorcycle ramp in the main gallery space (before it was removed), the breached wall in the main gallery wall (before it was covered up) and the upended motorcycle in the adjoining office space (before it was removed) where administration staff had committed to working ‘as normal’ in full view of the visiting public for the duration of the exhibition.
Part 3 was designed for the general public who would on their arrival on the opening night of the exhibition find a freshly cleaned and polished gallery space with a large piece of black polyurethane sheet covering the section of the wall which the motorcycle breached. The upended motorcycle would remain in the administration office for the duration of the opening night only from where it would be removed and scrapped the next morning. The gallery was left with the dilemma of having a potentially ‘provocative’ artwork but one they would have to work at communicating to the visiting public.

Work 50 Fathoms Preparing todrive mororcycle through wall of gallery and into office space


Work 50 Fathoms Preparing motorcycle and ramp in galleyr space


Work 50 Fathoms Ramp and motorcycle removed, and ruptured wall covered for duration of exhibition, Stress now on Director and cleaning staff to recount the work -Optimized


Work 50 Fathoms Plan of gallery and office space


Work 50 Fathoms Motorcycle un office space where staff have agreed to live with it for duration of exhibition


Work 50 Fathoms Event witnessed by Director and cleaning staff only


Work 50 Fathoms Motorcycle driven through wall and upended in office space