Order and Ornamentation

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© Invisible Venue
Order and Ornamentation

Presently situated in a 101-year-old Victorian era flat in West Oakland, opposite the West Oakland BART station
Oakland, CA 94607
April 19th, 2009 - May 31st, 2009
Opening: April 19th, 2009 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

East Bay
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Exterior, interior, carpet, victorian, installation


A site-specific installation and a public intervention by Christine Lee
* The organic nature and the unsanctioned status of this project promises a short life span.

Project Description: For this collaboration with Invisible Venue (IV), Christine Lee investigates the inherent order of exterior and interior spaces.  In this project, Lee creates an aesthetic relationship between the IV project space and an undeveloped adjacent lot.  An unsanctioned intervention in the nearby lot incorporates reclaimed carpet remnants arranged in a Victorian pattern historically appropriate to the surrounding 100+ year old homes.  This unconventionally "woven" rug is bisected by a pre-existing "desire path" that leads from the industrial area of Seventh Street into the old family neighborhoods of West Oakland.

The term desire path refers to a walkway created by human or animal footfall and was coined by Gaston Bachelard in his 1958 book The Poetics of Space, an analysis that privileges a lived experience of architecture over the abstract rhetoric of theory.  An installation of living sod in the project space replicates the pattern of the inlaid hardwood floors and mimics the order by which natural elements were implemented to offset the  architecture. Through this transposition of elements from exterior and interior environments, Lee invests the commonplace with a sense of the sublime and offers a macro view from which to consider the smallest details in our surroundings, a gesture common to her larger practice.

Christine Lee is an artist based in Oakland, California. Her work regularly combines functional design with sculptural installation through the use of reclaimed materials.  Lee's work has been exhibited extensively, including at the Museum of Art and Design (New York, New York), Arthouse (Austin, Texas), and Aspen Art Museum (Aspen, Colorado). She has worked as an affiliate artist at Headlands Center for the Arts (Sausalito, California), and in residence at Anderson Ranch Arts Center (Snowmass Village, Colorado), and most recently at San Francisco Recycling and Disposal (San Francisco, California).