‘A Hole’ underwhelms at Slate Modern

30 Jan
Drawing of art installation

A Hole (allegedly)

Jeremiah Beetlebaum’s latest installation was ‘revealed’ yesterday: a giant hole.
Audience members who came to view it at the Slate Modern complained that they couldn’t locate the piece.
“Of course they can’t,” said Beetlebaum. “It has no borders or boundaries. I’ve punched a hole through the walls of perception – the possibilities are infinite.”
Q: How long did it take to build the hole?
JB: Time is a meaningless concept. I no longer recognise it.
Q: For the benefit of those of us who still recognise it…
JB: About 3 and a half seconds.

The Slate paid £4 million for the piece, which allegedly stands in the huge turbine hall.
“Hundreds of people walk through The Hole every day,” says Timothy Rearbladder, curator, “Without even realising it. There is something deeply poignant about that. I think it speaks to the human condition.”

We took a survey of responses to Beetlebaum’s seminal work:
99% didn’t know who Beetlebaum was
0.2% thought they might have seen the hole
0.4% were looking for the restaurant
0.4% saw the hole as an existential commentary on the futility of life,  although admittedly this was after we suggested it to them.

The Hole will be at a number of destinations simultaneously. 


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