AS THE SUMMER DRAWS TO A CLOSE, Station 923 will present another installation perfect for afternoon ambling. Chris Oliver’s work re-contextualizes the humble materials and processes of house carpentry.
Exterior house trim folds in on itself and spawns a wood frame model of a four-story inaccessible domestic space. An entire sheet of plywood sanded into a wedge, so thin at one end that it begins to disintegrate, challenges our understanding of this material, one of the primary building blocks of our housing for the last half century. A full-scale section of a soffit flanked with inside-out model-scale rafters turns this mundane ranch house detail into a sculptural object that is at once ethereal and as clunky as the really thing.
Through these and other explorations this work explores relationships between fantastic and basic, familiar and strange, lucid and liminal.
Chris Oliver: 3/4-0 over 96. At Station923, 923 East Shore Drive, Ithaca. Exhibit on view by appointment August 11 – 25, 2011. Opening reception: Thursday, August 11th, 5 to 8pm