Sunday, September 19, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
It was a mad rush to the opening, but Context/Shift was finished in time! The opening was a mad blur of friends and colleagues and beer everywhere! It was an amazing turn-out and I want to thank Nicola Twilley of Edible Geography and Geoff Manaugh of BLDGBLOG for their vision and their guidance throughout the LoQ studio and the weeks leading up to the opening. Congratulations also to the other participants in the exhibition - I'm biased, but I think the work is superlative.
Above all, I really need to thank Alejandro Sanchez for all of his help and encouragement throughout the project. It really could not have happened without his hard work.
Also deserving thanks are Storefront for Art and Architecture, the New York State Council on the Arts, Polshek Partnership Architects, studioMode, Universal Steel Fabricators and especially my parents, Gail and Larry. Then, there's the other helpers without whom the project would never have been finished in time: Kingman Brewster, Mark Gardner, John Tinmouth, Tom Chang, Jarrett Pelletier, Susan Rodriguez and Joanne Sliker. Thanks so much to all! I am humbled by your generosity.
More pictures here.
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Sunday, February 14, 2010
"The house where he lived was quarantined, and all the people directly exposed were confined in it...Quarantine houses had guards stationed about them, who allowed no one to go in or out during the season of quarantine. The quarantine people were vaccinated, and during the time until it could be determined whether the vaccination would take, they were supplied with food. When the vaccination took, the person under quarantine was bathed, given new clothing in place of the old, which was burned, and he was then discharged. When a house had been emptied of people under quarantine, the bedding and curtains were burned, sulphur burned in all the rooms, and the walls sprayed with corrosive sublimate. None of the inspectors or guards were allowed to enter any of the houses under quarantine, when there was danger; and the doctors that did the vaccinating saturated their clothing with the corrosive sublimate before and after entering a house...The clothing and bedding were either paid for at a reasonable price by the board of health, or were replaced by new articles. In one of the houses quarantined, there were 31 laboring men who were inclined to object to the rules of quarantine. One escaped, but he was taken back when found, and a guard, with a rifle and instructions to shoot should he attempt to escape, was put over him..."
-SCIENCE, A Weekly Newspaper of All the Arts and Sciences, v. XIII no. 323, April 12, 1889, p. 278.
"The slow realization that these were the properties of the house, embedded in the very stones that possessed a fatality in themselves, that the house was itself an uncanny power, came unwillingly, against all reason, the more disquieting for the absolute normality of the setting, its veritable absence of overt terror."
-Anthony Vidler, The Architectural Uncanny, Essays in the Modern Unhomely (Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1992), p.18.
I couldn't be more excited to be participating in the LANDSCAPES OF QUARANTINE exhibition at Storefront for Art and Architecture. I am humbled to be part of such a stellar group. Check out the Storefront site for more information. The opening for the exhibition will be March 9, 2010. I will be presenting 'CONTEXT/shift', an installation piece that riffs on the iconic Holl/Acconci Storefront facade. The photo-montages above are preliminary studies.