In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how in the world she was to get out again. The rabbit-hole went straight on like a tunnel for some way, and then dipped suddenly down, so suddenly that Alice had not a moment to think about stopping herself before she found herself falling down a very deep well. Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she had plenty of time as she went down to look about her and to wonder what was going to happen next. First, she tried to look down and make out what she was coming to, but it was too dark to see anything; then she looked at the sides of the well, and noticed that they were filled with cupboards and book-shelves; here and there she saw maps and pictures hung upon pegs.

Lewis Carroll

As I have been ‘tunnelling’ my way through packing, I feel like an excavator getting from one side to another. I have forgotten how much work it is too not only packing your home but your studio as well. At one point I felt lost under all the piles of stuff to either be thrown out or packed up or go through. Beneath everything I was hoping to find a tunnel, like in Alice in Wonderland, and scurry down and slowly descent and experience the “quality of infinite space.” I have always been fascinated with the mystery in hidden passageways into the unknown and the discovery of unseen spaces. However since this is not possible, I thought I would look at some artist’s tunnels and imagine myself lost in constructed non places.

Mark Manders, Two Connected Houses 

Mark Manders, Two Connected Houses 

Mark Manders, Two Connected Houses 

Mark Manders, Two Connected Houses 

Carsten Holler, Y, 2003

Carsten Holler, Y, 2003

Olafur Eliasson, One-way colour tunnel, 2007

Jorge Pardo


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