So, as a conceptual cricketer, FB is greatly interested in the work of German conceptual artist Hans-Peter Feldmann, whose latest exhibition opens this week at the Serpentine Gallery in London. Feldmann has a long history of presenting works which the art critic, if not the cricketer, in FB would describe as rubbish: for example 11 Left Shoes presents 11 shoes borrowed from gallery employees in a row on the floor; Que Sera has the words of the song of that title handwritten on the wall; Bed With Photograph simulates part of a hotel room with a slept-in bed, a side table and a framed photograph of a woman in leopard-print pants. FB observes that Feldmann has made no attempt to include cricket as a theme in his work (none of the borrowed shoes was a cricket boot).
|Handbag by Hans-Peter Feldmann|
But FB is not so sure. FB is prepared to make a supreme sacrifice in the cause of art. He has therefore written to Feldmann suggesting that he should take up the opportunity for a companion piece to this undoubtedly major piece of art. FB has offered to turn over the contents of his cricket bag to the artist for a similar sum. He is sure that the artist is already familiar with FB's previous post on his cricket bag which reveals how powerful this new work could be. This could be the perfect marriage of conceptual art and conceptual cricket. The critics would be lost for words.
He is confident that there will be other cricketers, conceptual and otherwise, with a commitment to the cause of art similar to that of FB, who will ensure that Feldmann produces a supreme masterpiece. FB therefore expects a positive response.