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Tourist Cabin (Pensacola)

1976

Tourist Cabin (Pensacola)

Tourist Cabin (Pensacola) (1976)

Acrylic and Enamel on Wood and Masonite, with Glass, Plastic, 
Metal Screen, Wallpaper and Incandescent Light
78 x 54.5 x 72

Tourist Cabins and Subway Stations

Tourist Cabins and Subway Stations, 1976

Installation View, Installation with Sound (Summer Night, Crickets), Holly Solomon Gallery

Tourist Cabin (Pensacola)

Tourist Cabin (Pensacola) (1976)

Acrylic and Enamel on Wood and Masonite, with Glass, Plastic, 
Metal Screen, Wallpaper and Incandescent Light
78 x 54.5 x 72

Tourist Cabin (Pensacola)

Tourist Cabin (Pensacola) (1976)

Acrylic and Enamel on Wood and Masonite, with Glass, Plastic, 
Metal Screen, Wallpaper and Incandescent Light
78 x 54.5 x 72

Tourist Cabin (Pensacola)

Tourist Cabin (Pensacola) (1976)

Acrylic and Enamel on Wood and Masonite, with Glass, Plastic, 
Metal Screen, Wallpaper and Incandescent Light
78 x 54.5 x 72

Description

This was the final work I made for my first solo show at Holly Solomon Gallery. I was working toward making pieces that enclosed larger and larger interior spaces. Tourist Cabin Porch (Maine) had been in essence, a double false front: the front of the porch, the porch, and the front of the cabin, while the interior of the cabin was missing. Now I wanted to make a piece that showed the whole cabin, including the interior. Because of Walker Evans, I had been looking at lots of WPA photos. When I came across a photo of a tourist cabin in Pensacola, Florida by Marion Post Wolcott, I decided to draw from it for this first piece that represented a whole building. I wanted the interior visible, but fleetingly so. I placed a single light inside the cabin and a single light on the porch in such a way that the screen door acted like a scrim, allowing only glimpses of the inside of the cabin as the viewer moves in front of the work. Tourist Cabin Pensacola turned out to be a prototype for many temporary outdoor sculptures over the years, including Moccasin Creek Cabins in Aberdeen, South Dakota and Tourist Cabins on Park Avenue.

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