Unstable painting (first realised at Store 5 in 1991) is a small work, painted with a mixture of chemicals which, when dry, are highly unstable. Sounds, air currents or even the impact of light on the surface of the work will cause it to explode. With a loud sound and a puff of purple vapour the painting reconstitutes itself, coating the gallery walls in the process.

Stephen Bram
Unstable painting
ammonia, iodine and acrylic paint on canvasboard
406 × 305 mm

15–17 October 2022