Oil Traces and Baptisms  -  1993/1994

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The Community

Global I

Eastway Laundry Project, Summer 1993

In London, I had the unique opportunity to work in a deserted factory building which was behind my studio. It was an industrial laundry, whose main room with high bow windows had a sacred atmosphere. In the midst of this room I discovered a long T-shaped shaft, by shoving away heavy metal pieces that were covering it. I assume, that, when the large heating tanks were removed, the shaft had filled with black fuel running out of the pipes. I was fascinated by the fact that such a temple of the cleanness produced such a waste. This stimulated me to a series of works in which I deal with political ecological, esthetic and religious thoughts.

I was reported to the police by an unsuspecting witness of my experiments because of practicing »satanic rituals.«

Pat Binder

Considering the working method which - on the level of art - includes the destructive as an element of a constructive, creative principle and which celebrates the creative process in and of itself, misunderstandings can occur. [...] . In the seclusion of the vast hall and the various adjoinments, Pat Binder created a new feeling for the constellation of space and material by working with countless objects left behind. ...

From: Gerhard Haupt, Resistance-images
In: Pat Binder: Zapping. Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, Berlin 1996

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