Framing American Cities
Framing American Cities abstracts familiar elements drawn from the urban landscape to represent three US cities: New York; Columbus, OH; and San Francisco. It seeks to draw parallels between the form of cities and the evolution of American ideology.
Each of the three cities is represented by clusters within the gallery space. The spacing of these clusters relates to the placement of cities in the United States; viewers see the nation as they walk through the exhibition. Each piece also functions as viewing stands from which to see the other constructions, while mobile panels and mirrors provide framing devices. In addition, sound fields are activated, switched on and off with the random passage of viewers.
Each of the cities shares formal elements with the other. The towers of New York reappear in Columbus in a changed scale, and the national grid evident in Columbus reappears in San Francisco. The fields of both cities overlap in the center of the installation.