Saturday, December 20, 2008
SPACES World Artist Martin Papcún (Prague, Czech Republic) invites the public to join him during an opening reception
SPACES World Artist Martin Papcún (Prague, Czech Republic) invites the public to join him during an opening reception to view his outdoor installation on Cleveland’s West 45th Street.
After completing a gallery installation inspired by the streetscapes of Cleveland’s Slavic Village at SPACES, Papcún extended his stay in the city to work on an ambitious outdoor installation. Touched by Cleveland’s foreclosure crisis and the families affected by it, Papcún spent weeks deconstructing a house in Ohio City to create a project that captures the meaning of the home as a source of protection and shelter, a place for intimacy, a keeper of dreams and memories, and how these structures can deteriorate over time when abandoned or when families are forced to move out.
The artist invites viewers to be onlookers as well as provide them with the opportunity to identify with the intimate spaces strategically exposed from his deconstruction. Papcún restored the original lighting plan, operated by a timer, to mimic the activity that would take place in the house as if people were still living in it.
Did we mention that the opening is tonight? December 20th? From 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.? Good.
The exhibition will be on view through January 9, 2009.