Lobby for the Santa Monica Museum of Art 2006
Too Large Wall: Shop/Storage/Reception
Too Large Wall is simultaneously a collection, a billboard, storage, sculpture, furniture, installation and architecture. It questions what is functional and what art is, what is beautiful and what can be beautiful if we ever so slightly shift our vision. It is a skewed wall that interrupts the museum. Made from industrial shelving, this is a cabinet of wonder. The Museum’s back room storage is brought forward; their garage, basement and attic are on display like the mind of a thoughtful person with a head full of ideas. The shelving is a framework that catalogs and orders confusion and energy. The opacity, translucency and transparency of the wall is controlled by the choice, organization and quantity of the objects stored on the shelves. Everyday objects become precious objects - a collage of Duchampian “ready-mades. The museum’s back storage is now its front entrance.