Making Strange

Spring/Break Art Show 2016, The US Postal Service Building, curated by Rachel Barnard.

For Spring/Break: COPY/PASTEMaking Strange employed set design tricks such as false perspectives using painted wood and fluorescent lighting to create a playful environment in which to exhibit psychedelic paintings. The installation borrowed the visual and spatial aesthetics of Leisurama – the prefab houses shown at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. The houses were designed to be the image of “The Typical American House”. The effort for an aesthetic replication of the American familiar while paradoxically being the avant garde for so-called modern living, had a fascinating uncanny effect akin to the Russian Formalist notion of making strange.