90" x 18" x 192", wood, lacquer, 2013.
installation view: Chicago Art Department, Chicago IL
It is believed that luck entered the English language as a gambling term, used to describe both desired and undesired outcomes of an unsettled matter. Today, the word’s connotation includes the allotment of luck: to have it, to lose it, and to find ourselves swayed by its happenstance. In Bohr's Luck, when confronted with the underside of a ladder, the audience has a moment to weigh the belief or suspension of belief in order to continue on their path.
Bohr's Luck draws its name from a story told of Neils Bohr, whose contributions to atomic and quantum mechanics won him the Nobel Prize in 1922. Remarking on the horseshoe hanging above Bohr’s office door, a visitor questioned Bohr’s belief in luck, to which he replied, “I’m told it works even if you don’t believe in it.”