installation 1033 C
Entropy…The Exhibit…The Story

Figuring out what I wanted to say with this installation took more than a year. There are multiple levels of dialog that I decided to include in producing this work. It is the most complex work that I have produced. I was relieved that it finally came together conceptually and physically.

And then the exhibit opened.

We were in New York at the MET enjoying being overwhelmed by so much great art. My phone rings. Maxine tells me of the destruction of my floor piece by a young child who leaned over and fell onto the platform ripping the layers from the support system. My heart skipped a couple of beats. I was determined to reconstruct the piece as quickly as possible, here ambulance as the opening was just days away. It was a great turnout, and the feedback was so gratifying.

So, what are the chances of the work being destroyed again? I found out 3 weeks ago that at a private event 2 catering staff leaned over the floor piece and fell onto it, then ran from the gallery, telling no one. The security cameras told the story instead. I was stunned. How could this happen again? So.. I rebuilt the piece for a second time, determined not to be defeated by the bizarreness of the situation.

But the story continues. I was looking forward to having the work seen during the loop this evening. Wednesday I got a call from Maxine telling of water flooding down the wall from an air conditioning unit soaking the large print on the wall, and spattering onto all 4 layers of the floor piece.

I decided to show the installation in it’s degraded state.


Carson Zullinger

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