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As part of our Threshold series\, the collaborative team of Chris Vorhees and SIMPARCH will transform the Smart Museum’s reception hall into a fantastical domestic landscape.

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Uppers and Downers reworks the familiar kitchen setup of cabinetry\, countertop\, and sink in to an abstracted version of a massive rainbow arching over a waterfall. Thi s kitschy natural scene plays upon the utopian promise that restraint yield s bliss: if only you eliminate excess and organize clutter to hide messy re ality behind stylish surfaces\, then happiness will follow. Or perhaps not. Uppers and Downers draws equally on the history of twentieth-cent ury sculpture and design and the twenty-first century problem of accumulati on. This site-specific work showcases the artists’ seriously playful aesthe tic\, expert craftsmanship\, sensitive reworking of everyday materials\, an d capacity to transform the ways people interact with and within architectu ral spaces.

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Uppers and Downers will be the artists’ first long-term project for a U.S. museum.

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