Early sketch for the Mouse Trap. Summer 2008.
The Mouse Trap is a giant dart board with a mouse on it.
This is an installation I made with the help of a friend for my latest exhibit. I wanted to push further a pop-art concept I made a few years ago, by making it interactive. The piece is built upon two 4' by 6' panels of house insulation panels, glued and nailed together onto a wood panel. I used these materials because I needed something that would allow darts to stick in! On top of that, I pasted some of the sketches I made while I was studiying cartoon animation a few years ago. I used about 30 pages of drawings and pasted them to create somewhat of a brickwall pattern. I later applied acrylic medium, mixed with a few drops of ink to get a vintage look. On top of that, I spray-painted a stencil of a mouse using ebony black and epoxy white. The target is an actual dart board, which was spray painted with stencils to get nice clean red and white circles. The frame is made of wood moldings, spray painted with shiny white epoxy.
In the end, visitors could throw darts at my piece during the whole vernissage. Most of them were surprised to be able to attack an artwork...