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We tend to think of architecture as everlasting. Buildings that are thousands of years old still exist in some form and are still discussed in an art historical context. As a culture, we have deemed some buildings as more important than others, perhaps because they were designed by a famous architect or hold a significant place in history. Buildings get torn down and cities are redeveloped constantly, but structures by famous architects are given special treatment, often preserved as landmarks. But, even these works are not immune to demolition, their destruction or abandonment given justification through accusations of obsolescence or changing tastes. The works presented here recreate some of these buildings using the craft medium of plastic canvas.
Plastic canvas is a cheap crafting material often used for kitschy objects, and it is most commonly associated with the creation of tissue box covers. These covers often take the shape of quaint country homes or cottages far removed from the modern architecture of the city. There’s an irony in recreating the avant-garde design of someone like Richard Neutra in this material, and the box covers become almost absurdly complicated as I try to reproduce as many elements from the original buildings as possible. My works pay tribute to these buildings by lovingly recreating them down to the smallest detail, but they also still function as tissue dispensers. Like the tissue that gets discarded once it’s used, all of the buildings recreated here have suffered the same fate. Their appearance as tissue box covers re-contextualizes them and associates them with something disposable, reminding us that even great buildings are sometimes unfortunately thrown out.