“the quick whispery breathing of the newly born idea”
The sound of new life down a telephone line, the quick whispery breathing of a newly born soul – this was what interrupted Pauline Rhodes as she contemplated the notion of Idea.
Rhodes has been making installation art consistently throughout her career, and with a twinkle in her eye loves to tell of her first naughty, opportunist project – dropping a huge, soft, white ball onto the black bonnet of a police car, snapping a picture of the 4 bewildered faces behind the ball, and running off with her ball down the road. GROUNDPLATES, steel plates with the above text welded into them by Connetics, are lying quietly around Christchurch during January and February of 2004. The text is perhaps more pertinent to this time of year, when we start to welcome in the new ideas and say goodnight to the Christmas and New Year hangover. But it is also pertinent to the street, to the passing foot traffic, to the dusty footprint planted on GROUNDPLATES. She is wanting people to think about Idea, about the notion of it firstly, but also the life of it. What happens to a newly born idea? What happens to quick contemplation? What happens to GROUNDPLATES? They can all be ignored, flogged, forgotten, and enjoyed. Rhodes is setting up a discourse, a conundrum: the excitement of a new idea, the “quick whispery breathing”, placed underfoot in a functional, menial disguise.
As people go about their daily lives, Rhodes is inviting a reconsideration of these small interactions with our environment, and with our imaginations.
GROUNDPLATES are in 6 locations around the city at present, and will be shifted around the central city during January / February 04.
Pauline Rhodes and Gridlocked are very grateful to Connetics for their support in the production of GROUNDPLATES. Once the project has been completed, GROUNDPLATES will be returned to Connetics and the wild, taking back the role they were originally meant for.
The sites are:
Tony Green - Placing the Art of Pauline Rhodes
Adam Art Gallery