GALLERY WALLYWOODS, WEISSENSEE, BERLIN
Wallywoods, Weissensee, Berlin (2007-10). Assisted by Marie-Cecile Lutta and Jack, among others. Half a million little chair doodles plus Marie-Cecile's many little figures drawn with Eddings, with the help of guests, on the walls and ceilings of my Wallywoods rooms at Kulturhaus Peter Edel (also known as the Culture Center of Weissensee). But that is my approximation. Try counting them yourself - the building is still there, albeit locked up and empty. However, after three years doodling, the Guinness Book of Records couldn't accept my application in 2010 for most chairs drawn on the walls and ceilings of an interior space. There are very few entries under Art, which they say is too abstract a field to determine facts and figures about (only biggest sculpture or longest painting will be found in the book). Not that setting records had anything to do with the motivation for transforming our 600 square-meter space into the land of Little Chairs it became. As a mural painter my pet theme has been "Big Chairs" (actually "Berlin Big Chairs") since 1999, so with lots of time on my hands, and a lot of space, it seemed natural to start putting them onto the walls. Sticking to black & white, and therefore design rather than pictures, I had to keep telling artists who wished to exhibit in the gallery that the standard white-cube idea is not the only way things could be. Most loved the concept and the interaction, and to my mind it always worked. The two or three who upon consideration pulled out, I put down to collateral damage.