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Between Here and There: The Ambiguous Ecologies of Charles Simonds

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dc.contributor.advisor Uroskie, Andrew V en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Patterson, Zabet en_US
dc.contributor.author Volz, Scott en_US
dc.contributor.other Department of Art History and Criticism en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2017-09-20T16:51:22Z
dc.date.available 2017-09-20T16:51:22Z
dc.date.issued 2014-12-01 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11401/76881 en_US
dc.description 36 pgs en_US
dc.description.abstract At the start of the 1970s, Charles Simonds began constructing miniature architectural ruins, what he calls dwellings, on the streets of New York City. They were fragile, temporary, and site specific. Occupying windowsills, wall crevices, and street gutters, the dwellings transformed their spaces from liminal to distinct. Over the course of the decade, Simonds built hundreds of dwellings in the Lower East Side alone, and they consequently developed a strong connection to the neighborhood. This essay addresses the dwellings as sites of makeshift ecologies. Looking at the reflexive relation between Simonds' sculptures and deteriorated living conditions in the Lower East Side, I argue that the dwellings carved out zones for reciprocal flows of communication and exchange between people. Unhinging Simonds from the binary structures that have come to characterize his work, I contend that his metaphysics of subjective experience is instead rooted ultimately in plays of ambiguity. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship This work is sponsored by the Stony Brook University Graduate School in compliance with the requirements for completion of degree. en_US
dc.format Monograph en_US
dc.format.medium Electronic Resource en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher The Graduate School, Stony Brook University: Stony Brook, NY. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Art history en_US
dc.title Between Here and There: The Ambiguous Ecologies of Charles Simonds en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.mimetype Application/PDF en_US


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