In lieu of any impulse to glorify the beauty of dilapidated buildings, a persistent cliché running rampant in rust belt communities, this exhibition instead gives rise to an immersive experience of dereliction and renewal. Soot cover walls, dimly lit rooms, and claustrophobic spaces are derived from the artist’s experience of a rundown Detroit building. The front door was excavated from the actual site and re-‐installed in the gallery as the physical entrance for the installation. Charred interiors surround sculptural forms radiation with heat, presenting a metaphorical paradox of entropy, where destruction and decay are congruent with growth and transformation.
~ Joseph Karlovec
Photos: courtesy of MOCA Cleveland, the artist, and Volume Gallery;
Image: Jerry Birchfield