Custom Transitional Utility Object: Morris Mover
Custom fabric moving blanket, photographic documentation in vitrine; 180" x 72." Commissioned for the P.S.1/MoMA exhibition "1969."
The New York Times, 10/16/09
A custom-made industrial moving blanket was produced in the exact height and width dimension of Robert Morris' original "Untitled" 1969 work. Made by an American moving blanket factory, this fabric piece brings it in conversation with the industrially-made material of the original felt work.
The blanket was used to wrap and assist in transporting works from MOMA to PS1, before finally being installed at PS1 in the same hanging manner as the original. While the original Morris could not be shown for conservation reasons, my reworking keeps similar concerns at the forefront, namely making transparent the labor and process involved in its creation, and undergoing a similar yet behind-the-scenes journey as the original would have.
An adjacent vitrine displayed a selection of documentation photographs, showing the different formal configurations of the work during its transit and use.