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Tourist Cabin (Pensacola)

1976

Tourist Cabin (Pensacola)
Tourist Cabins and Subway Stations
Tourist Cabin (Pensacola)
Tourist Cabin (Pensacola)
Tourist Cabin (Pensacola)

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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