BA(B)EL (1984)

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BA(B)EL (1984)

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Maquette for an unrealized project

Plastic, aluminum, brass, enamel, and Duratrans between Plexiglass back-illuminated with fluorescent light an mounted on a wood base

110 ¾ x 14 ¼ x 18 in.

 

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Notes:

BA(B)EL is a maquette for an unrealized speaker’s lectern. It elevates the utopian legacy of Constructivism only to demonstrate its ultimate collapse, framing the historical tragedy of Modernism.

The proposed height of the completed tower is forty-four feet four inches. Five back-illuminated image panels are suspended through its central axis. The back side of the center panel, the only level plane in the entire structure, functions as the speaker’s podium.

 

Exhibited:

Dennis Adams: Selling History. Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston (catalogue), 1994

 

Literature:

The Architecture of Amnesia. New York: Kent Fine Art, 1990. Essay by Mary Anne Staniszewski. Pg. 38/39.

Selling History. Houston: Contemporary Arts Museum, 1994. Introduction by Marti Mayo, interview with Dennis Adams by Peter Doroshenko. Pg. 28/29.