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balance, bell, broom, candle, collapse, light, objects, ritual

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Equilibre IV

ArtistPaul Kos
Production Date1992
Mediumbroom, coat hanger, candle, bell
Size1435 mm
DepartmentInternational Art
Accession Date23 Nov 2010
Accession NoC2010/1/39/5.1-5
Credit LineChartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2010

Chartwell Notes

"Respect simple, humble materials." Paul Kos

This work is part of a series of balance pieces. These have as their central element a freestanding, ordinary broom balancing a coat hanger (wire), bells and candles.

Paul Kos lives and works in San Francisco. Curator Constance M Lewallen wrote that  "through metaphors (or signifiers) drawn from his own experiences, passions, and activities, he makes works that require participation from the viewer. This participation might be physical (ringing a bell, walking into an architectural space, tripping a sound element) or intellectual, but the viewer does his or her part. Kos makes art in which something is at stake. As Roland Barthes said," If art is going to be anything then it has to be everything."

 Kos has been a leading artist and influential teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area for well over three decades. He was among the first artists ( in step with contemporaries such as Vito Acconci and Bruce Nauman) to incorporate video, as well as sound and interactivity, into sculptural installations.

Notes are from Everything Matters, Paul Kos, A Retrospective, Catalogue, Constance M. Lewallen, University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, D.A.P Publishers, New York, 2003