Opening Reception: Thursday, Aug 18, 7 – 10pm
FIELDWORK | recent projects by Paul de Guzman
In Fieldwork | recent projects by Paul de Guzman, de Guzman draws from a source collection of architectural postcards in an attempt at building an archive of historical, urban experiences. Dating back to the first half of the 20th century, these postcards are ephemeral remnants of an urban history that endured a nomadic journey through the postal system. These benign historical artifacts, with their capacity to record memory, are containers of personal and vernacular experiences. The correspondence written on these postcards combined with its journey through the postal system are both personal and public historical records that attempt at informing the present through its history and inherent nomadism.
The projects in Fieldwork present findings from urban architectural encounters, and implicate history as material for artistic modeling. Some of these experiences, derived mostly from a highly selected group of ephemera, act as benign sentinels for the evaluation and relevance of vernacular urban experience. The correspondence on these postcards acts as a reminder that architecture invokes narrative and is a result of a lived social human experience.
Alongside an installation of de Guzman’s collection, Fieldwork exhibits diptychs that include pre-WWII architectural postcards juxtaposed with structures made from Lego Building Blocks. While the Lego structures are loosely modeled after some architectural details on the postcards, they are more or less constructed ruins re-presented in a contemporary transient medium.
Exhibition runs from August 18th-September 4th | Artist talk Saturday, September 4, 3PM