“We have to be able to forget there are walls
and have found no better way to do that than pictures.” 1
- Georges Perec
One could argue that the intimate dialogue between art and walls goes as far back as the origins of painting, when hunter-gatherers took time to depict horses, bears, panthers, bison and rhinoceros on the sides of caves. In the south of France for example, at the Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc Cave around 30,000 B.C., they sought to capture a fraction of the energy within these creatures, and the resulting drawings still captivate us through their sensibility and dynamism. Devoid of a frame and free from the laws of perspective, the figures seem to exist beyond space, as though they emerged directly from the rough and uneven surface of the rock. One intuits that painting was more ritual than representation, a way of affirming that which exists, or an impulse to possess the physical dimension we inhabit.