"Pinocchio Pipenose Householddilemma" (1994)

"Pinocchio Pipenose Householddilemma," 1994
Installation, video, and photographs, dimensions variable
Performance, video, and installation at Villa Arson, Nice, France
Collection Contemporary Art Fundación “la Caixa”, Barcelona
© Paul McCarthy
Courtesy Hauser & Wirth, Zürich London

"I literally painted them on the ground because you could pour gasoline on them and it would stay on the surface. So there were practical reasons for painting that way, not formal ones. But there was real action—a spontaneous going into character. I didn’t plan on it. And I wasn’t thinking Living Theater or Julian Beck or any of that."

-Paul McCarthy