F / A FakeAuthentic Iconic Ironic, Personal contribution
Group show, curated by
AMArchitectrue, 2021, Antonia Jannone – Disegni di architettura, Milano
Untitled (2019) - Painted steel, nylon, stainless steel
2500 x 140 x 140 mm
Untitled is a hand painted steel column. It is meant to
span under tension from floor to ceiling in each space. It
has a height capacity between 2500 mm and 3500 mm.
Untitled fits within a category of transfixed objects. This category
contains objects that gain a certain autonomy and strength from
an internal logic or rigour which is revealed in its dimensions, plan
or cross section. However, this authority is quickly subverted by the
object’s inability to cope with its surroundings. Its autonomy leaves
it rather lost - be it functionally or spatially - or even lonely in its
failure to serve.
Untitled is such an object. Perhaps it funtionally and formally most
resembles a column. It serves no other purpose than to present
itself in the room and organize it as such. From a series of notches
on the object’s side, one can read the exact height of the room.
That is when the column is brought in to full tension between floor
and ceiling. While exerting a self-possessed and superior character,
the object fully submits to the space it’s presented in. Even more, it
submits to a single spatial property as its conveyor.
This transfixed character not only comes from a confined
functionality. It is present in the object’s false formal authority.
Through a horizontal section it reveals both a balance and an
internal contradiction. The iconic I-beam is mirrored by a counterfeit
composite of two T-sections. Maybe the object is inherently flawed
and can only submit itself to its context rather than individually
assert itself. At first glance, the object appears to be archetypal. On
a second sight, it can only be seen as self-sabotaging.