Threshold is an installation consisting of a tunnel constructed of collapsible frames, paper and beeswax. While made as a site-responsive installation for Ortega y Gasset Gallery's "Skirt Space", the work is built as a film set in flux, with the idea that it may operate in another context. The installation turns the gallery’s entryway into an underground “safe” space or shelter, exploring questions around physical, economic, and social accessibility, and pointing to invisible systems that create limited access. The work recalls Israeli bomb shelters, convict escape tunnels, smuggler routes, brutalist bunkers from WWII, and catacombs. While marking a ceremonial transition of the body from the street into the “sacred” space of the gallery, the threshold in this installation refers to a line of access, a point of entry, and to a point of no return. In this way, the work alludes to the precipice between life and death.
In the case of a natural disaster or nuclear explosion, whose bodies are most protected? In what ways do communities deal with these dangers, and in what ways does culture relegate them to the imaginary, the screen, and the immaterial? How does one's relationship to a given environment transform in the physical body versus the screen? What dangers are perceived? What spaces, if any, are safe?
Threshold installed at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE.
Threshold at Ortega y Gasset Projects, Brooklyn, NY