Saturday, January 31, 2015

Art Before Restoration

Isidro Blasco bought this early house at the corner of State and Third streets in November.

Before beginning the renovation of the house, he decided to invite fourteen artists to apply their ideas to the structure. The fourteen artists are (in alphabetical order) Beth Campbell, Clare Churchouse, Andrew duPont, Max Goldfarb, Laetitia Hussain, Mala Iqbal, Laura King, Tom Kotik, Jaime Munarriz, Ivan Navarro, Ruby Palmer, Karina Skvirsky, Grace Sullivan, and Dannielle Tegeder.

Blasco says of the event: "We are investigating how the architectural elements of a house might turn out differently from what is generally accepted an normal. We are implicitly rejecting the status quo of the standardized home, where decisions are based on economical or aesthetic factors and not through real perceptions of space and emotions. We look for a new path. An outcome more connected to contemporary inhabitants and users of a home. In doing so, familiar outcomes may find other solutions."

The project, called Interventions II, opened yesterday and continues today and tomorrow from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. There is a reception today at 1 p.m. The house is located at 257 State Street.

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