In this sculpture, the modified reconstruction of an existing wall of the gallery space is used to establish a profound spatial poetic. The wall is recreated as if it has been angled, cut, and the outer skin has been folded back on itself from the midpoint. While a section of the wall remains attached to a perpendicular gallery wall, the majority of the wall has been built as if it has been turned inside out, like a glove or a handkerchief. But, unlike a magician's handkerchief that might reveal a conjured dove, the wall simply reveals its inner construction. What is wondrous, however, is the implication that all space exterior to this lone wall is in some way enclosed. The imagination is also stimulated by the strange movement implied by the construction, revealing an uncharacteristic fragility in place of stability. The sculpture becomes a record of making, while the making must occur in the mind's eye of the perceiver.
The imagined movement is accentuated by windows with paper blinds that provide a rhythmic punctuation while establishing surface orientation. We can quickly perceive the dynamic relationships that led to this sophisticated form that simultaneously encompasses inside and outside, but the enormous shift in reality is a lingering sensation. The folded wall is an enigmatic and vulnerable figure that is at once firmly placed and endlessly shifting, at once intimate and exposed; both perpetually closed and cosmically open.
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Riff # Flutgraben
temporary installation, Berlin 2002
drywall installation, metal, cardboard, varnish
600 x 220 x 340