Mark Manders: Parallel Occurences / Documented Assignments

(2010–2012)

Short Sad Thoughts

(1990)

Brass, nails Two parts / 22 x 3 cm each
Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven

MM: This work consists of two hanging wires that appear to be at the mercy of an enormous gravi­ tational pull. In reality, it was with great effort that I bent the wires, an act that I then repeated in exactly the same manner. The title has reced­ ed into the material on two levels: a thought that lets itself be conducted upward from the lower left­hand side, around the nail and back down again, and the thought process of actually bending the metal. The doubling of a moment in time is the first attempt to accommodate the passage of time in the otherwise totally immo­ bile Self-Portrait as a Building.