Circling the work, its brightly coloured patterns and circular windows, I find myself suddenly engulfed by cameras and media people as well as several security officers. It seems that despite my tardiness I was not fortunate enough to miss the esteemed Governor General who had been enlisted to perform the opening speeches. It's not as if I have any particular issue with the GG, but I do have a problem with her security who proceeded to order me out of the way while simultaneously blocking my exit making their request impossible. It was only after they left that I was able to enjoy the work more fully which, in this unique case, meant donning a stripped jumpsuit, crawling through a tunnel, and entering the world created by Andrew.The inside of the cell is as brightly patterned as the outside and the jumpsuited spectators blend in to the walls and floor, almost becoming one with the work. Asked by a videographer what my first impressions were of the work, I inarticulately respond that I felt 12 years old again. Possibly not the response he was after. But that was exactly what it was like. Despite the knowledge that Andrew's vision for the work held deeper connotations of asylum seekers and prison inmates you can't escape the fact that it's just plain fun.
'If you would like to take the experience of The Cell home with you- limited edition signed red costumes are available for purchase...'
I guess I have my answer.