14' x 8' x 8', recycled plastic spools, digital prints
Site-specific installation for Index Art Center, Newark, NJ.
This installation is a response to the simplicity of form and patina of materials that coveted loft spaces in gentrified urban areas often exhibit. Le Corbusier's Maison Dom-Ino, the ultimate pared down structure of floors/ceilings separated by columns, is reflected in both industrial buildings and the discarded elevator-wire spools this work is made of. The spools, laminated with digital versions of romantic turn of the century surfaces (rough wood planks and decorative pressed tin) clamber up the existing column and down the other side, similar to stalagmites and stalactites. As miniature representations of the essentials of architecture, these units seem to be racing to replicate a desirable commodity, chic real estate, in a cheap, unsustainable, and therefore insidious, manner.