Crushing the Tate2012
An installation in BIKINI Espace d'Art Contemporain, Lyon. The work consists of four-fifths scale replica of one of the floors of the Herzog and De Meuron designed stairs in Tate Modern.
The work not only highlights the physical extremes of these two, contemporary art, gallery spaces - even this small element of the Tate having to be 'crushed' to be accommodated in Bikini - but it also makes comment on the interdependence of each end of the art industry on the other. This is an under-acknowledged power relationship where the highly resourced top end is unaware of its dependence on the very under-resourced activity of the smaller 'relation'. The work also explores our individual relationship with the architecture of these very different gallery spaces and its effect on our behaviour.