HAPPY ACCIDENTS ILL GALLERIES 2nd, 3rd and 4th of July 2003 Ryan Scheidt Markus Soukup Are we finger puppets? Planting a seed and water it and it will grow... The coicindence exhibition of Ryan Scheidt and Markus Soukup came about during the opening of DAG's exhibition @ ILL GALLERIES. The title corresponds to everything inside - the content of work, the way the artists met and the way we organized it. The word accident has more than one meaning. For our show we focused on fortunate circumstances that result in a positive outcome - or a happy accident. The work of both artists concern an idea of uncertainty. Ryan Scheidt works with random processes to create paintings. Rolling a dice to create forms and choosing colors from a lottery. In this way the artist can not plan how the work will look when it is finished - it will always yield uncertain results. The video stills supplement the performance project ROLES from Markus Soukup in collaboration with Julieta Figueroa. ROLES questions concepts of change and chaos in opposition to order and linearity. The text work references the painting as a tool for the performance in progress. The blue painting is a chaotic variable, that can be placed and used anywhere during the project. The video DON'T LIKE TO DIE is actually a mistake, a video shoot for another video project. And this happy accident ended up in a separate film. It was produced in 2001, but it is premiered here for the first time.