The Storefront for Art and Architecture exposed New York City to a new threshold. Are they doors? Are they windows? Private space not only captured the sidewalk, but it disrupted its pedestrians. This disruption into the public sphere, this ambiguity of access-like the row house stoop-redefines social interaction. These are the places where human contact occurs: such spaces halt the masses and beg the question “how do I navigate this?” Every piece of architecture should seek to achieve this questioning of the built environment. This is the engagement that makes public space worth being a part of.
This exhibition seeks to bring to light the same sensations through a series of static (as opposed to fluctuating) thresholds. Maneuvering between the ambiguous doors, windows, and level changes brings the explorer into close contact (visual, aural, tactile) with the work of Steven Holl, Vito Acconci, and any other explorer in the labyrinth.
The exhibition seeks to make one room into many, to intertwine spaces that unfold perspectives and reveal new discoveries. While the Storefront achieves multiplicitous readings through moving apertures, the thresholds in this exhibition are static planes, this exhibition achieves the same multiplicity through precise aperture cdimension and control. Material differences as well as exhibition media allow for a constantly changing environment in all dimensions.
with critic Stanislaus von Moos