Storefront for Art and Architecture
New York, NY
What if typical gallery furniture was covertly used to inspect the spatial distinctions created by a floor? In this installation, three stools, a bookshelf, and a table were designed to tactically engage the presence of the basement located under a portion of the first floor gallery. The basement slips to the gallery as the gallery leaks to the basement, undermining the binary of the public, clean gallery and the private, dirty basement produced by the floor. By suspending the conventional gallery furniture between these two adjacent spaces, the floor is rendered a site of exchange. Presumed stability is questioned through the registration of fluctuations and slippages. Exchanges between the spaces rely on physical, tactile, and corporeal experiences rather than strictly visual ones.
Client: Storefront for Art and Architecture
Collaborator: Peter Pelsinki
Curators: Beatriz Colomina, Dennis Dollens, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Henry Urbach, Cindi Patton, Mark Wigley
Gallery co-directors: Shirin Neshat and Kyong Park
Project team: Paul Lewis, Marc Tsurumaki, David J. Lewis