Subtly situated between image and reality, Loge alias seems at first glance to be a typical bus stop, re-situated in the gallery. On closer inspection, we find that the already minimal architecture of a bus stop has been further deconstructed and re-assembled out of paper and cardboard on a steel-stud frame. A blank sheet of paper stands in for the usually overwhelming full-colour advertisement, allowing the structure to become an elegant study in proportion pictured in gray, silver, and white. The seating elements are radically re-configured, reduced to a dynamic structural shape, almost like a miniature study of a 1950s institutional building, such as the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin. The functional yet uncomfortable seating shape also refers to the general practice of public design to provide only basic amenity, so that ‘undesirables’ such as the ‘homeless’ are not accommodated. One the one hand an elegant analogy of an easily overlooked public space, this cleverly constructed work reveals layers of resistance and critique, while maintaining a highly sophisticated level of abstraction
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Loge Alias
2002 - 2010
Drywall profile, cardboard, paper, neonlights
400 x 200 x 220 cm