drafting compass, motor, hardware
Survival can sometimes be nothing more than a game of endurance. The one that overcomes the struggles and refuses to surrender will be the strongest in the end. By giving an otherwise inanimate object life and character, we begin to relate to it on a personal level. Escape Plan, is a simple drafting compass in a perpetual state of rotation. The compass was fastened to a metal rod that was driven directly through the wall of the gallery, on the opposite side of the wall was a small rotisserie motor that would revolve 360° every thirty seconds. Using a spring and bearing system on the rod, the compass was constantly being pulled into the wall as it rotated. Over time the sharp metal end of the compass dug a circular groove into the gallery wall, slightly deepening with every rotation. Given enough time, the compass would eventually cut all the way through the drywall, completing this pointless task. Escape Plan is a demonstration of the power of repetition, not only in art but in life as well. No matter how simple and insignificant a gesture may seem, given enough time and endurance, that gesture can accumulate to a significant impression. The ability to simply endure, both physically and psychologically can sometimes be all that is needed to preserver. Occasionally, as the compass rotated, it would get stuck in its crudely etched path, causing it to hesitate in its motion. This struggle evoked an emotional response from the viewer, it became a relatable experience that the viewer began to empathize with. Our proclivity to care of the weak, the ones that cannot endure, helps keep our species thriving.