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... An exploration of participation, art and architecture in the city to inform a concept for engagement with the local community via artistic intervention... offering to our client a point of departure for the continuation of these ideas in their future work.

Monday, October 6, 2008

The architectonic work of Rachel Whiteread


Whiteread uses her work as a way of solidifying her desire to see and know her world, picking the areas that are not noticed, such as the space enclosed in a shut wardrobe, or the details of a hinge and transforming the subject in a way that the rest of the world can translate. By changing the location or highlighting the materiality of an object or chosen space, the experience of the work is rerouted from the understanding of the formal object towards that of its relationship with surroundings and observers. This exploration aims to shake the self into a new awareness of the ordinary.

Most of the sculptures are veneered with human markings that could only have been pressed upon them by the hand of time itself. This brings the present into sharp relief, an understanding of this moment in relation to what has gone and what may come; memento mori. Work such as Untitled (Cast Iron Floor) 2001 looks to further revealing this passage of time, using bodily interaction of the viewer to wear out and morph the surface of the piece so that its history continues to unfold.

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