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"The Spoils of Transparency"
installation with laminated glass, spot lights, and sound recording
General Public, Berlin, Germany, 2013

 

"Fenestrated Screen"
glass, oil paint, spot light, wood

 

This devolving installation engages in a process of self-destruction as it collapses under its own weight. Laminated glass panels have been folded up and pushed against the wall, changing shape with the effect of gravity. As one stands before the formation, one can hear the crackling sound of the glass moving, although this movement is barely visible.

A violent cracking and crunching can be heard in the foyer of the gallery, the recorded sound of the folding of the glass panels.

The title, "The Spoils of Transparency," is a play on the phrase the spoils of war, referring to the loot stolen after a battle, valuable objects recovered from an act of violence.

Glass is a material prized for its transparency, its capacity to yield to the view beyond: Window as placeholder, viewfinder, framed. But when this feature of passivity is lost, transparency spoiled, there is something decadent about this obsolete material. Like looted debris extracted from a Modernist gridded-window fa├žade, it glitters and crackles.

In the preceding room is the piece "Fenestrated Screen," as part of this exhibition at General Public.

Link to Press Release

 

 

Special thanks to Jeff Way for the photos and Alan Gleeson for the sound!