Awkward Moment #1 is the first work in
a series by the artists Frank Plant and Thomas Charveriat. The series
deals interactively with the issue of moments that are normally
not meant for sharing. The artists put the viewer in the role of
intruder in hopes of generating the feeling of invasiveness that
normally accompanies such delicate moments. Awkward Moment #1
is a composition of steel and photography showing a man seated on
a toilet reading a newspaper.
When the viewer pulls the handle attached to the left side of the
steel structure, the man stops reading the newspaper and shouts
angrily: "Do you mind?!?!". This is the moment that almost
everyone has experienced, the moment that an individual walks in
on someone unexpectedly and the immediate sense of surprise, shame
and vulnerability created from it. The dynamic of the piece is to
force the spectator to back away from the work with a sense of invasive
shame and guilt.