Installation & sculpture, variable dimensions
The work and its title invoke the absurdity of the equivocal through an idiom that both designates an act of revenge and implies quantitative equality. The installation is typically exhibited with the balls scattered throughout the space of the museum space, creating a field effect. The scattered distribution of incapacitated balls is suggestive of spent ammunition cartrages after a violent conflict or broken eggshells after the chicks have hatched. Both sense are taken up by Jean Genet, who can assert, “If we reflect on any vital phenomenon, even in its narrowest, biological sense, we understand that violence and life are virtually synonymous” (Violence and Brutality, 1977) precisely because what is synonymous can never be even.