Inside the gallery we are comfortable to put ourselves in situations that we might otherwise avoid. If we were approached in the street to go and see someone’s apartment or a space some had made would we do it? The minute the word ‘art’ is attached to something it feels safer, more legitimate, never more so than within the walls of a gallery.
Why is it that we feel safer within the environment of the gallery, why are we more likely to take part in something within such a space? There is an assumption that we will come to no harm inside an institution where there are health and safety rules to be met. But what if the situation is not as safe as first thought? Or what if something appears to go wrong?
I have begun considering the nature of the gallery space in my work since these ideas arose from my installation Blind Room. My next few blog entries shall look into various ideas relating to the gallery space and the spectator within these spaces.