Re3-Spect

Masonry Blocks (1925): Plywood drawer (1979); PVC pipe (2012); Wood, paraffin wax, candles (2018)

 

Part of a series of sculptures composed from construction detritus, Re3-Spect is an exploration of formal possibilities generated by waste material.  It was exhibitedd at Rockland Center for the Arts in December 2018.

An interior demising wall was demolished during a gut renovation of a loft apartment in Manhattan’s garment district.  Masonry blocks were shattered, revealing the original 1925 blocks encrusted with generations of mortar, plaster and paint.  All 36 tons of material generated during demolition were formed into 33 sculptures displayed into the newly gutted space, which was temporarily transformed into a pop-up gallery exhibit in October 2018 titled “DEMO-DEMO.”  These randomly broken blocks were horizontally arrayed, incorporated into an installation called “Rubble Caldera.”  This sculpture was dismantled in November, with the bulk of the material carted to a demolition waste recycling center in Brooklyn.  Selected materials from the exhibit were saved for re-use as construction material in the loft renovation, re-use in other construction projects via a re-use center, or re-purposed as art.

These blocks were saved and formed into a second sculpture, a linear centerpiece for a holiday party in early December.  Inserting candles in the tubular voids generated a new language of light and melted wax.

Building on these discoveries, the blocks were arrayed for a third time in a four-sided sculpture fused on a new wood base with paraffin wax.  Re3-Spect is intended to honor this material, giving it another life instead of dooming it spending eternity in a landfill. 

The use of candles to demonstrate respect quotes religious honorific typologies, such as offerings to saints or gods in churches and temples. It uses 60 candles, a premonition of a birthday cake for my upcoming milestone birthday.  Evoking ancient ruins which have been transformed by the ravages of time, it is intended to evolve as candle wax drips and overflows …