Designed by the artist’s six-year-old nephew, Jack’s tent is perfect.
Together they drew the tent blueprint on canvas at 1:1 scale, and the blueprint functioned seamlessly. They took a trip down to Bunnings and selected paint in ‘Road Safety Sign – Yellow’, because Jack advised they needed to be seen in a snowstorm. They painted it, and then covered it in beeswax to waterproof it.
Jack’s tent is a 1:1 scale blueprint of a tent. Perfect as an idea, in Jack’s mind at least, it was to protect the artist and his partner as they trekked Nepal’s Annapurna Circuit in April. What can the artist say – Jack, his stories and illustrations were very convincing.
On April 2, 2017, with Jack’s tent strapped securely to the artist’s back, he and his partner headed off on their adventure into the Himalayas.
This exhibition is about the failings and successes of Jack’s perfect idea.