One week, 2014
Wood, PVC, paint, 120 x 104 x 104 cm.
Gogolf scale 1, Playtime, 4th edition of the Ateliers de Rennes, Halle de la Courrouze, Rennes. ©photo by Aurélien Mole.
For GOGOLF, Reip turned for inspiration to someone famous for turning things on their head: Buster Keaton. Keaton’s burlesque humour has influenced several works by Reip, who describes him as an unguided missile, creating chaos wherever he goes. In the film One Week (1920), Keaton receives as a wedding gift a dozen crates containing a prefab house. A bitter rival swaps around the numbers on the crates, ruining Keaton’s construction and resulting in a comically wonky house. Reip recreates this house in miniature, creating what the artist describes as “an absurd maquette of an incoherent construction”. He has created a ‘hole’ in which the player must shoot the ball into an open window, but where it is more likely that the ball will bounce off the walls of the house, just as Keaton rebounds off his house in the scene in the film where it is spun by a tornado.