installation view at UniversalStudios Gallery, Beijing
Five Days Towards a New Modernism (Beijing)
cardboard, paper, tape, magazine clippings and found material
handmade over the course of five days in Beijing, China; included in the exhibition "Forged Realities," curated by Pauline Yao.
This sculptural project is one of a series of “resuscitations” of modernist furniture by French designer Charlotte Perriand—a colleague of Le Corbusier—but executed in cardboard, paper, glue, and tape. As a gorgeously designed work, Perriand's 1950s shelf had the hallmark clean lines and materials of the modernist era. For my own pieces, I am more interested in attempting a similar effect, but with "local” and everyday materials--in this case what was available to me at UniversalStudios Gallery in Beijing, China.
This work exists as a copy of a copy: an "original" copy ("La Maison Tunisie") was made in my San Francisco studio in 2005. This sister copy still resides in Beijing, half a world away.