#353 Even Split
64x84 cm | Filler, oak frames
For the second batch in the Fifty-Fifty series, I cut the board in half on the longest side and then, for every new work in the batch, I continued to cut every piece in two with curved lines, using a jigsaw.
The series simply consists of works where half the surface is grey and half white. This is achieved by dividing a wooden board of the same size as the work in half. One part is used to create a template for the composition. The board can be further divided. As long as all pieces are used, a 50% distribution of the surface between white and grey is guaranteed.
The disparity between different groups in society is growing. The global resources are obscenely unevenly distributed. This is not only unethical, but it is also an obstacle to democracy and inclusion. Reversing the trend and creating a more equal distribution globally and locally is imperative if we value freedom and meaningful life for all.
Equality is a complex concept. We are all unique. A distribution based on equity regarding our differences is a difficult task. Perhaps it is better to start from the principle of all human beings equal value. I.e., a strict and measurable similarity in the distribution of financial resources. It will not be fair in itself, but create a good foundation for this.
Fifty-Fifty wishes to visualize how a numerically equal distribution of resources is not synonymous with a uniform society and opposite creativity, individuality and development, as is often claimed in liberal ideologies. That it, on the contrary, includes an infinite number of possibilities for variation. A society where no one is poor or rich does not have to be repressive but can instead be a fertile ground for everyone to find their particularity and full potential. Feel free to read more about these thoughts at www.commensalism.org
Template is a compilation of works made by using pieces of wooden plates as templates. They function a bit as a mould or matrix for the finished work.
Reminiscent of Richard Serra's Verb List, I use simple and clearly defined actions to shape the filler in my works. This method ensures non-cognitive aspects of the production process, which allows for unknown elements to enter.