An Empty Room

29 Nov 2012 – 9 Dec 2012

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Kgosi Mensah - An Empty Room


It seems that most artists try to fill the gallery full of meaning, experience, beauty and a hundred other, different things. I don't mean any disrespect to those people, I'm a great admirer of many, but it's like a kind of arrogance. There's already so much here, why do you need to cram in more stuff that you think is more interesting. I mean a little bit here or there to highlight or compare, but that's all. I want to engage with the moment, and the moment I am in a gallery the most dominant force is the place itself. Why don't we try to understand that place and the moment instead of making distractions that only lead us further into a kind of exploratory emptiness. So I sat in the gallery for a day and wrote down everything I could see, experience or perceive in that time, and believe me, it's a long list. So I wrote all these words on the walls as a list in the order they came to me, as I witnessed and realised them. It's a crude illustration, but sometimes I think that's what we need to help us see.

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