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WILDERNESS and HOUSEHOLD

Wilderness and Household is a merger of two parts of contemporary “western” life: internal domestic routine and the industrialized space surrounding us.

The first part of this body of work is a triptych wall-mounted cast concrete piece, that incorporates collage elements and polished re-bar.

Concrete is a foundation that holds together contemporary infrastructure. Woven into the tissue of the land, it creates necessary links and divisions between elements, such as bridges, sidewalks, footers, walls and barriers. Incorporated into our cast concrete piece, a collage made of cardboard packaging of consumable products becomes a core of the foundation. It is being revealed through the deterioration of the concrete slab. Every piece of packaging represents a product that is easily accessible, very common and is a part of our daily routine. Triggering our sense of necessity these products are bringing us into a place of contentment. They reach out to us through the familiarity grounded in our upbringings and lifestyles.

In the next part of Wilderness and Household we take our idea of “concrete collage” and immerse it into the Chicago urban landscape. We cast voids of the broken sections of concrete walls underneath viaducts. Using these casts we fabricate pieces, which fit tightly into the voids and restore the wall to the original level; except we reveal the collage as if it was always there. In the spirit of street art, we permanently install our pieces into the walls of the viaducts and display them in the gallery with high-resolution photographs. Alongside the photographs we have small wall-mounted concrete pieces cast from similar voids displayed in a way to reveal collage on the front and the rough exterior of the wall it's cast from.

A series of concrete pieces incorporating polished rebar refers to the presence of the industrialized urban space. Rebar is a commonly unseen part of any concrete structure. It is the binding element that holds the concrete together. We collected rebar throughout Chicago in order to turn them into relics of our time. By polishing them, we emphasize the random, putting the mundane onto a pedestal.

The final part of this piece is two box fans facing each other and a smaller oscillating fan. One of the box fans is rebuilt into a wind turbine operating with a permanent magnet generator. The other box fan plugged into an outlet blows onto the propeller of the wind turbine causing it to generate a minimal amount of electricity to power an oscillating fan. This action intensifies the absurdity but at the same time draws on the necessity of electricity.

Through the development of Wilderness and Household, we reinterpret the discourse about overconsumption, extreme beliefs, taxation on resources and ground the viewer in this particular moment..