Thought of the Moment
A uniformed man is seated outside the room. I ask him, what is it like, to watch people as they come into this experience? What is it like, to see this room every day? He says, “This is real art…not just like a picture on a wall. This one, it can speak to you.” I realise that this man is “part” of the installation – the “security guard” portion, as mentioned on the catalogue. Joost Bosland of Michael Stevenson Gallery tells me, later, that people don’t realise that he is “installed”, as it were – that people do not interact with him, except when he tells them that they can actually go in to the room, step on the red gloves covering the floor, walk between the sculptures.
– The Security Guard, Africa is a Country