coincidence at 5:51 pm

On the pedestal it reads:
empty plinth: d
for missing pages 8 and 174

Encyclopaedia of Coincidence
To make this work of coincidental art you must first enter a room in which there is an empty plinth: d. Relax and hang your handbag on the chair. Look at the light and dark green oil painting on the wall and be struck by the random arrangement it shares with the surrounding objects, including your handbag. Upon experiencing this coincidence, please note here the time ______ and date ___ . This work of coincidental art is now complete. To appreciate the probability of your handbag and, therefore, your presence taking part in this work of coincidental art, consult page 8. To find the meaning behind this mystery and, in particular, its message to you, turn to page 174.

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[floorplan details]

  • page 16
  • page 8
  • page 174
  • empty plinth: d
  • chair
  • light and dark green oil painting
Exhibitions
19/08/2000 Close Quarters: Contemporary Art from Australia and New Zealand, Dunedin Public Art Gallery (cur. C. Barton, Z. Stanhope, C. Williamson), Dunedin
18/12/1999 Close Quarters: Contemporary Art from Australia and New Zealand, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki (cur. C. Barton, Z. Stanhope, C. Williamson), Aukland
16/09/1999 Close Quarters: Contemporary Art from Australia and New Zealand, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery (cur. C. Barton, Z. Stanhope, C. Williamson), New Plymouth
02/07/1999 Close Quarters: Contemporary Art from Australia and New Zealand, ANU School of Art Gallery (cur. C. Barton, Z. Stanhope, C. Williamson), Canberra
04/03/1999 Close Quarters: Contemporary Art from Australia and New Zealand, Institute of Modern Art (cur. C. Barton, Z. Stanhope, C. Williamson), Brisbane
08/10/1998 Close Quarters: Contemporary Art from Australia and New Zealand, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (cur. Christina Barton, Zara Stanhope, Clare Williamson), Melbourne
04/04/1997 four coincidences, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne
Bibliography
Christina Barton, Zara Stanhope, Clare Williamson, ‘Speaking of Strange Bedfellows’, Close Quarters: Contemporary Art from Australia and New Zealand, exhibition catalogue, Monash University Museum of Art and Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne 1998, pp.8, 24.
Robyn McKenzie, The conceit of coincidence’, The Age, Wednesday 9 Apr 1997, p.37.
Robert Rooney, ‘Pursuing a minimal existence’, The Australian, Friday, 23 October 1998, p.19.