Friday, April 17, 2009
i love those brits!! i wrote a paper on rachel whiteread's "house" series when i was in college, but then i kind of forgot how much i love her work. my friend is a huge fan of gordon matta-clark, who sawed buildings in half. okay that is pretty sweet. but making a cement cast of a house??? that is just....mega-amazing. not that's it's a contest. the great thing about the process is that the cement would grab old bits of wallpaper and paint from the walls of the house, like little souvenirs of the soul of this delapidated, soon-to-be-demolished home. i just purchased a book on how to make plaster casts and molds, but i am pretty sure i will never achieve this kind of result.
i also love the impressions of books on the shelves, especially where it looks like the plaster is discolored by the dye on the book pages. it's the same technque where elements of the missing object get trapped and archived by the medium. i would love to see her work in person, hopefully a show will come to the bay area soon. they probably won't bring a whole cement house though...
p.s. my DIY crazy mind is cranking over that crazy domestic chess set!