solo performance | 1990
A performer rehearses carrying plates from one table to another. Plates fall from his hands midway and smash on the floor. A pile of crockery survives the journey and is laid out on the table. Cups are knocked over in clumsy fitful movements but in a strict sequence. The fragility of the ceramic objects becomes an obsessional interest. The performer manages to smash all the item of crockery except for one. Only a vase remains intact, spinning around on the tabletop.
Performed by Gary Stevens. Assisted by Terry Smith.
Commissioned by Katy Sender for Live Art Week, Serpentine Gallery, 1990