As I mentioned in my previous post I've been working in a temporary space in an abandoned house in Cleveland. The project is called ROOMS TO LET. The house is located in a neighborhood called Slavic Village, a nickname coined in the 1970's to acknowledge the people of Polish, Slovak and Bohemian heritage living there.
In 2008, Slavic Village was 'ground zero' for the housing foreclosure crisis in the USA.
You can see one of my 2 installations peaking out the upstairs window
A few photos of my rooms 'before' with my assistant, Steve, who is also my nephew.
The Slavic Village Development Assoc. cleaned the house out for us. It had been filled with years of detritus. Once cleaned out, I began to work about 2 weeks ago with limited access.
I researched the history of the house itself and found the transfer deeds dating back to the Connecticut Western Reserve Territory around 1786.
My first intuition was to build nests.
I constructed a nest by re-using the lathe from the walls of the room. A blue stained -glass window by artist, Dana Depew, emits light deep in the nest representing a vision for the birth of new hopes and dreams.
Once the NEST was up on the wall, we decided it needed light. My nephew cut a hole in the exterior of the house and inserted a blue stained-glass window.
I recorded the movements my computer mouse made while I did research online about the history of the house and of Cleveland. This is an image of recorded movements using an application called iographica.
I spent about 10 hours of research in the archives and online to find the old land maps and deeds.
PORTAL Red, pink, and orange flag tape has been stapled into the walls, floors and ceiling to convey the passage of time. Each line replicates the movements my computer mouse made as I clicked and moved through the Cuyahoga County Archives website to research the history of this house. The pink and orange portal in the middle of the room looks out onto E. 71 St. as a portal or place to hold our attention and focus amid the chaos in the room.
Steve cut a pass-way in the closet between the 2 rooms where visitors may walk from the PORTAL to the NEST and back again. By walking through the passage our perspective changes in drastic and fabulous ways.
Rooms to Let will be open this weekend only. May 16 -17, 2015. 1-5 pm both days.
The Cleveland Orchestra will have several small ensembles play music in this house throughout the weekend.
There are 4 houses in total for the project. 3 sets of curators, and 40 local artists participating.
My house is called the "Olympia House" and is located at 3810 E. 71st in Cleveland.
See the Facebook link HERE.