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Intrinsic residential elements of display are repurposed, transforming in character as they function in dual modes of art and home collections.

New York, NY
2000-2

A series of display elements displaying the elements of display for the apartment of the Dean of the School of Arts. Through the repurposing of typical residential elements of display: frames (picture, door, and window), glass, dry wall, canvas, wood and metal studs and shelves, paint and pigment, a new system is grown out of and in dialogue with the existing architecture. These familiar elements change in character as they simultaneously function in the dual modes of gallery and residence.

And here, as in many high-rise apartments, the landscape exists as view, as part of the collection: here of the Hudson River. The strategic use of color in this project draw forth the color from the views of the paintings of the collection and the views of the view. A mimetic version of some of the river-blues is brought into the apartment (as a double band to coincide with sitting and standing viewing) just as an abstract blue is projected out against the view.

This curatorial architectural system works its way through the apartment, curating the art collection as well as the home collections and home office collections (clothes closets, kitchen cabinet, book shelves and files).

Here, as in many highrise apartments, the landscape exists as view: here of the Hudson River. The strategic use of color in this project draw forth the color from the views of the paintings of the collection and the views of the view. A mimetic version of some of the river-blues is brought into the apartment (as a double band to coincide with sitting and standing viewing) just as an abstract blue is projected out against the view. The view is thus perceived as part of the collection.

Design: LeClair Lucas