Short Sad Thoughts


Brass, nails / 22 x 3 cm (x 2)
Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven

MM: 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 great effort that I bent the wires, an act 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 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 immobile Self-Portrait as a Building.