FRONT INTERNATIONAL: CLEVELAND TRIENNIAL FOR CONTEMPORARY ART AN AMERICAN CITY
LOCATION: Cleveland, OH.Museo de Arte Contemporáneo. Cleveland, OH. 2017.
CONSTRUCTION: 80 m2
TEAM: Pablo Pérez Palacios + Abraham Cruzvillegas, Miguel Vargas
Curaduría: Lisa Kurzner
In order to continue my collaborative dialogue with Architect Pablo Pérez Palacios, between our fields and practice, we plan to make a pavilion for Toby’s Plaza, recovering materials from demolition sites in Cleveland, ‘improvising’ with them, according to a logistics plan, designed by the two of us, This methodology, defined by the materials provided by the institution will be assembled in a way that can be used by anybody, as a public structure, sound and safe, showing how it’s made and what of. The intention is that the pavilion can be a permanent building-sculpture-landscape-installation-site-place-idea, if necessary.
The shape, similar to a the previous one -attached idea for Venta Vieja in Guerrero, Mexico- is an open circular structure, through which people can enter, go across, or stay in, depending of their specific need/use. The shape is attempting to make a particular link to the museum’s one, as a sort of parenthesis in which everything fits, besides the museum activities, in everyday life: skate, skateboarding, hanging around, going to the museum, heading back home form it, but always appealing not only to the shape, but also to the visibility of the materials it’s made of, from its interior surfaces and walls, contrasted with the exterior ones, that should be smooth, flat, and white.
This contrasts could allow people to create or, more properly, to construct their own interpretation of the experience of the pavilion, as it’s not necessarily providing any specific meaning or content, as a subject matter, but making evident the nature and qualities of the materials it could be made of, describing specific industrial natural, handmade, artisanal, or raw specificities.
More specifically, we’ll head a team of builders constructing the structure, using the materials randomly, following only the shape, sticking to the idea of keeping them as they are inside the structure, and covering them with concrete and plaster on the exterior side. This is definitively related to both our practices, separately, but also in the two previous projects made together.