This spacious installation, exhibited at Drahtwerke, Nürnberg, presents a series of theme and variations around the ubiquitous wooden, fruit and vegetable crate, typically found amidst the gutters of urban streets. The crates are recreated using stapled plywood and thin hardwood in various states of assembly / disintegration. The temporary nature of these finely detailed containers is emphasized by their fragmentation and a variety of seemingly random orientations within the gallery space, reminding one of the urban debris left after a temporary fruit stand has departed. The containers are displayed almost like architecture models, as if they are small sanctuaries, and the installation includes plaster voids of the crate interiors amidst exploded assemblages. The impressions and markings on the surface of the cast voids create concentrated dialogues of surface and space. The overall installation is an elegant arrangement of minimal sculptures that contemplates the existential qualities of a variety of spatial enclosures using a strategy of deconstruction. Some are even elevated on small plinths, establishing a vocabulary of preciousness and fragility, while developing strange delights in scale and proportion. This poetry of the commonplace contains a surprising wealth of qualities and feelings, fine gradations between solid and void, between and celebration and obsolescence, and a startling reciprocity between the banal and the sublime.
Street refuge
1994, (Detail)
24 fragments of fruit crates,
reconstructed with plywood,
hardwood, wire, plastercasts,
wooden pedestal