The alchemy of demolition

I was asked to produce a piece of work by the University theatre department, whose Little Theater is being demolished in a week to make room for a new cafeteria building. I decided to take pieces of the building and renew them, as if they have been resurrected and transformed, so I marked a series of ten pieces for the demo crew to cut out of the doomed structure. James had some fun cutting through windows, doors and electrical conduit at my request.

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the pictures you see James cutting out a section of siding, then a shot showing how I marked the pieces of the building that I wanted with white paint, then a row of the sections laying out ready for me to frame and gild them. In the end we’ll have ten black frames around golden pieces of the building. It would be great to have this piece finished in time for the CLU exhibit, because it will be in the gallery during the homecoming weekend, so our returning theatre graduates will be able to see it.

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Michael Pearce is an artist, writer, and professor of art. He is the author of "Art in the Age of Emergence."
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