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Andrea Blum,
Mobile Home
1996
at the Galerie des Archives





Andrea Blum,
Library
1996
at the Galerie des Archives

letter from paris
by Jeff Rian

andrea blum

at galerie des archives


Andrea Blum showed a 3-to-1 scale, modular interior structure called Mobile Home, wall-sized Xeroxes of the work in different configurations, and an actual desk and portable library. A well-known maker of plazas and other outdoor public art works, here she explores interiors and ways to structure and restructure space. Masonite is her commonest material, which she manipulates and personalizes. The artistic subtext stems from postwar prefab construction and the generic-brand mindset that generated things like Levittown, the Gap and those raceless, personalized and now-forgotten Cabbage Patch dolls. If her goal is to have us look at her works as sculptures, they raise the issue of the industrialization of lifestyle and the marketing of preferences. But her objects also infuse industrial sameness with personality. Her subject, ultimately, is lifestyle and habitat in a world where the future promises simplicity, TV and all, and a nomadic lifestyle with a preference for compactness and portability. Somehow Blum's works are all that.


JEFF RIAN is a writer living in Paris.



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