50 x 70 x 120 cm.
Coffee table basse, book, various objects.
I made this work after having lived in France for only a couple of years. I was writing a fair bit at the time, both as an artist and as a commentator. I was also trying to get a handle on the local lingo. To help me in my endeavours, I picked up a translated copy of « Art in Theory ». It made me think back to a conversation I had a few years back with Martin Boyce. He had just finished the MFA at Glasgow School of Art and I was just about to start it. There wasn’t an enormous list of equipment that students needed to buy, but each student was supposed to acquire a copy of « Art in Theory » in order to follow John Calcutt’s seminar program. Always looking for a bargain, I asked Martin if he still had his copy. His sardonic reply, « Yes, but I’m using it to prop up a wobbly table ». So I made this sculpture. I bought the coffee table from IKEA, cut six and a half centimetres off one leg and shoved John’s favorite anthology underneath in order to re-establish the balance.