Stacked Hotel Room

We talk a lot here about furniture that folds up and takes less space; we like it to be easy, efficient and neat. Bristol,UK artists Adam Dade and Sonya Hanney do this for art rather than interior design; they go into hotels, pack up all the furniture and photograph it. In an introduction to an exhibition in Birmingham, Simon Morissey described the process. "Each of the ten versions of Stacked Hotel Rooms ... had the same parameters. The artists check into a given hotel. They familiarize themselves with the room. They dismantle the room without being discovered and without causing damage to its contents. They arrange the contents into a stack formation of some kind, a volume within a volume. They take a photograph of it and latterly have also videotaped the process. They reassemble the room. Everything is back in its rightful place".

According to Gary Michael Dault, "a hotel room is not an oasis of calm, an urban pause, an architectural breathing-space. Rather, the room becomes an arena of frenetic and, in a sense, centripetal activity—in which, during a maelstrom of analysis, rearrangement, stacking, compressing, compacting, Dade and Hanney utterly transform the room: every element and object in it being bound up together, the room's appointments congested by accretion, agglomerated into a sort of denser version of itself: after which the process of agglomeration is undone again, reversed into a re-dispersion of the compacted room, all of its stacked and balanced elements separated and, like a film running backwards, repositioned and replaced, all passion spent."

in Toronto at Gallery 44, 401 Richmond Street, Suite 120, until February 3. via Gary Michael Dault at ::Reading Toronto

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