Kunsthal Rotterdam, 2015
A project by Hans Ulrich Obrist. The exhibition concept consists of do it instructions by world famous artists including Carsten Höller, Yoko Ono, Gilbert & George, Maurizio Cattelan, Ilya Kabakov and Erwin Wurm. Over 250 artworks in the form of artist instructions have been formulated, translated and gathered together.
Freely interpreting instructions by Lebanese artist Ednel Adnan, Koolhaas devised an interactive mural that the visitors of the show created themselves.
Design: Jeroen Koolhaas
You can become an (almost) instant artist if you follow these instructions (you can also become an artist otherwise!).
Let’s try one of the infinite ways to start.
Wash your hands—it creates expectation. Take a white piece of paper, 1 by 1 meter. Find a good, sharp pencil— sharpen it if its point is dull. It’s always best to use good materials. With your pencil draw a grid—let’s say 9 little squares by 9 little squares,
81 squares in all, of equal size. Take 10 crayons (oil pastels) that you have chosen out of a box. Think of the rainbow, its colors, its freshness. Let’s have 10 colors, for example red, purple, orange, yellow, dark blue, light blue, brown, ochre, dark green, light green. Keep them in this order
(or any order you wish). Fill the first upper-left side little square with red, evenly painted red, carefully painted. Then purple for the next square, then orange, then yellow, then dark blue, then light blue, then brown, then ochre, then dark green, then light green. You will be at the end of your top row. Go back and start on the next line at the left side with light green, which will fall under the red square. Then continue: red, purple, orange, yellow, and so on until you fill in the last little square on the right of your bottom line, which will be red. You will obtain thus regular patterns, rhythm, brilliance, a nice painting. You won’t need special skills for such a beautiful result. Try it. You may—but I hope not—be weary in the process....