FOLD is pleased to present Rock Paper Scissors a two person show by Jo Hummel and Ellen Hyllemose.
The title of this exhibition playfully takes from the ancient game of the same name which reportedly originated in China during the Ming dynasty. Often used as a fair choosing method between two people, similar to coin flipping, drawing straws or throwing dice, in order to settle a dispute or make an unbiased group decision. Unlike truly random selection methods, however, rock paper scissors can be played with a degree of skill by recognizing and exploiting non-random behaviour in opponents.
The idea of chance is something both artists have mentioned when talking about their individual practices. When working with certain material a lot can be left to chance, one hands over a certain amount of control over the finished work to the nature of the materials used in its production; the physical qualities and limitations, to a certain extent, dictate the outcome.