WITHDRAWING ROOM

Installation

San Francisco, CA

1986

A 100 year-old wood frame single-family house renovated by sculptor David Ireland is the site for an intervention about domestic conventions. The installation is a series of progressively private spatial meditations: the property line – a legal order, the resident is considered in relation to codes of privacy and publicness with regard to the building’s envelope and its physical, optical and aural vulnerabilities; etiquette – a social order, the resident is considered in relation to a set of culturally determined rituals that are enacted at the dinner table; intimacy – a private order, the resident is considered in relation to a another body in bed; the narcissistic impulse—an internal order, the resident is considered as a maintenance project regulated by the commodity-induced drive for uniqueness and conformity in front of the mirror.

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