Were Franz West and Eugene Martin astute bird watchers?
Ever seen flamingos and other large wading birds stand on one leg for hours at a time? Could Franz West and Eugene Martin relate to these waders said to turn off one side of their brain when asleep, with the leg controlled by the side of the brain that's awake staying on the ground to maintain balance while the other leg gets to rest? Isn't this what artists’ brains do when asleep, partly turned off and resting, partly turned on and facilitating creative balance and insight?
© Estate of Eugene James Martin / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York