Threshold (2018)
Threshold is an installation consisting of a tunnel constructed of collapsible frames, paper and beeswax.  While made as a site-responsive installation for Ortega y Gasset Gallery's "Skirt Space", the work is built as a film set in flux, with the idea that it may operate in another context. The installation turns the gallery’s entryway into an underground “safe” space or shelter, exploring questions around physical, economic, and social accessibility, and pointing to invisible systems that create limited access. The work recalls Israeli bomb shelters, convict escape tunnels, smuggler routes, brutalist bunkers from WWII, and catacombs. While marking a ceremonial transition of the body from the street into the “sacred” space of the gallery, the threshold in this installation refers to a line of access, a point of entry, and to a point of no return.
In the case of a natural disaster or nuclear explosion, whose bodies are most protected? In what ways do communities deal with these dangers, and in what ways does culture relegate them to the imaginary, the screen, and the immaterial? How does one's relationship to a given environment transform in the physical body versus the screen? What dangers are perceived? What spaces, if any, are safe?
Threshold installed at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE.
An angled view of a tunnel-like structure constructed of wooden panels standing in a large industrial space. The space has concrete floors, red brick walls, and an arched ceiling.​​​​​​​

Installation: wooden panels, paint, plaster, paper, beeswax, mixed media. Dimensions: 22’ x 4’ 8” x 10.'

Frontal view of a tunnel-like structure constructed of wooden panels standing in a large industrial space. The space has concrete floors, red brick walls, and an arched ceiling.​​​​​​​

Installation: wooden panels, paint, plaster, paper, beeswax, mixed media. Dimensions: 22’ x 4’ 8” x 10.'

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Threshold at Ortega y Gasset Projects, Brooklyn, NY
Frontal view of a tunnel-like structure at the gallery’s entry with cage lights above. A paper and beeswax membrane with a quarantine glove is at the end of the entry hallway.

Installation: wooden panels, paint, plaster, paper, beeswax, cage lights, ceramic. Dimensions: 22’ x 4’ 8” x 10.'​​

angled view of a tunnel-like structure at the gallery’s entry with cage lights above. A paper and beeswax membrane with a quarantine glove is at the end of the entry hallway.

Installation: wooden panels, paint, plaster, paper, beeswax, cage lights, ceramic. Dimensions: 22’ x 4’ 8” x 10.'

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View of the tunnel-like structure once walking through into the gallery and looking back. From this view you can see the exterior wooden panel construction of the installation.

View of the installation showing exterior wooden panel construction. Dimensions: 22’ x 4’ 8” x 10.'

Angled detail of paper and wax membrane / wall structure with a paper and wax quarantine glove pushing through.

Detail of quarantine glove.

Detail of paper and wax membrane / wall structure with a paper and wax quarantine glove pushing through.

Detail of quarantine glove.

Detail of paper and wax membrane / wall structure with a paper and wax quarantine glove pushing through.

Detail of quarantine glove.

Detail of black ceramic snake hiding under gallery entry stairs. It sits on the grey floor, half in light and half in shadow.

Detail of ceramic snake hiding under gallery entry stairs.

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View from the stairway into the gallery. A tunnel-like structure at the gallery’s entry with cage lights above. A paper and beeswax membrane with a quarantine glove is at the end of the entry hallway. This image is lit with only lights from the installation (no outside or gallery light interruption)

Installation: wooden panels, paint, plaster, paper, beeswax, cage lights, ceramic. View of installation lit only with cage lights. 

view from the interior gallery looking back up into the stairs and entry of the space. A tunnel-like structure with cage lights above. A ceramic snake hides under the stairs. This image is lit with only lights from the installation (no outside or gallery light interruption)

Installation: wooden panels, paint, plaster, paper, beeswax, cage lights, ceramic. View of installation lit only with cage lights. ​​​​​​​

Detail of cage lights creating shadow rays on the domed ceiling

Detail of cage lights.

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