Colour 18

madrid 32

Taken inside a gallery in Madrid, the museum guard’s empty chair looks like a piece of modern art but of course it was meant to look that way – beautifully designed and in keeping with the museum’s walls and floors. But an empty chair always also suggests the human even if only as an absence. The wall is like a Mondrian or a Rothko, the only blemish a darker smudge where someone’s shoulder or their hair has brushed repeatedly against it.