Luck is a nebulous concept. But as intangible as it may be, we have all had the sense of having been lucky at one time or another. Having once felt the rush of being lucky, one can't help but be drawn towards it.
The Shape of Luck Series began while I was in residency at the Caribbean Centre for Contemporary Arts in Port of Spain, Trinidad in 2007. The national lottery had grown to $11 million and the island was in the grips of lotto fever. As a way taking part in the frenzy, I plotted the six-number sequences from each week's lottery draw on radar graphs and then transferred the resulting shapes to my studio wall. Visitors soon noticed the similarities amongst the shapes and serious speculation began as to whether the winning lottery number could be predicted.
Somewhere between my pseudo-scientific method and the suggestion that these shapes did in fact reflect good fortune, the series became a sounding board for some deeply-seated beliefs about luck. I will conjecture that viewers attempt to resolve the 2D line drawing with the 3D shape it depicts and the resulting flux in perception is attributed to something just beyond comprehension – luck.
Following the original installation in Trinidad, The Shape of Luck was presented in the Weinmeisterstrasse U-Bahn Station in Berlin as part of Glück gehabt, a theme-based exhibition mounted by NGBK, and at the Shanghai Restaurant in Ottawa as part of Chinatown-Remixed.
This online incarnation of the Shape of Luck allows the viewer to more closely consider the commonality of winning shapes.