Johann Wessels
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pulling the pin...

Posted: Apr 01, 2011

pulling the pin...

Its like pulling the pin on a grenade. There is the sudden knowledge that this is leading somewhere. You can push the pin back in again, of course, but there is something intense about knowing it cannot be stopped once the fly-off lever pops off. A bomb in your hand... metaphorically speaking of course. The anticipation is gripping. (so is your hand...)

Its my metaphor for the telling of certain stories, some take on a life of their own once you start telling them. Its almost impossible to stop them.

This pin is from a larger piece (now also in my gallery). The concept of grenade and pin is a recurring image in this body of work.

The work is almost ready and has to be delivered to the gallery by the 5th April. The opening is on the 14th.