ROOM - Drawer #D2 PKDT - FR-G.S.
Presented by: Tad Gloeckler
Materials: wood (solid maple, solid cherry, cherry-veneer plywood, birch-veneer plywood), stain/paint (multiple colors), steel
Dimensions: Drawer #D2 (closed) - 4” high, 12” wide, 16” deep
Drawer #D2 (full open) – 20” high, 12” wide, 30” deep
Drawer #D2 is a fragment of a larger project. The entire project, titled “ROOM”, is an operation and assembly performance that culminates in a sculpture exhibition.
The performance begins with a cleanly crafted, chest high piece of wood furniture with seven drawers – a dresser. Viewers intuitively understand the utility of this object, but the revealed content of this dresser is completely unexpected. Drawers are removed from the dresser at specific intervals and carefully manipulated into abstract forms. The result is an exhibition space filled with the chaos of seven outrageously complex assemblages.
The transformation from common furniture to room-filled pandemonium implies our fragile existence. The dresser is symbol to private life and home. The transformed drawers have a dissected organic aesthetic that makes reference to imbalance. Our comfortable existence has consequences.
The entire project is very comprehensive and cannot be adequately communicated in ten images/pages. However, each of the seven drawers transforms into a stand-alone object/sculpture, so the project is presented in pieces – one drawer at a time.
When “Drawer #D2” is removed from the dresser a textile pattern is first apparent (a reference back to dresser utility). Polka-Dot is the featured pattern for this drawer. The drawer contents/components are guided through a series of mechanical manipulations and transform into a sculptural fragment of an earth life-form (an ocean animal). The completed transformation is not obvious or representational. Instead, the goal is to create an intuitive reaction to what appears dissected and organic.
The suffix, PKDT – FR-G.S. (see title) to Drawer #D2 suggests a classification system, and is intended to reinforce the experience of a biological specimen. The drawer features three distinct layers: a skin layer (textile layer), skeletal or structural layer, and flesh layer serving as receptacle. Storage compartments/receptacles are uniquely integrated within the animal fragment, but space is compromised by the manipulations and resulting transformation of the drawer.
Each drawer features the display of an “Instructions Manual” that communicates deployment procedures. Instructions provide a necessary context for sculptural projects that are viewed in static exhibition format. The elaborate instructions allow viewers to intellectually piece together a process that enabled the transformation of drawer into sculpture.
The visual transformation from a simple drawer in an unassuming dresser; to a complex, dissected, organic assemblage, is intended to stimulate viewers to reconsider their lifestyle and possessions.