On Dec. 13th 2001 the Brook Dorsch Gallery will feature a home Installation by Miami artist David Rohr,. The project has been developed in the Dorsch Gallery Crack House, an alternative space created from a derelict bungalow that served drug addicts before being rescued for art.
Based on the decorator model home, the artist sees this contemporary marketing device of the real estate industry, along with the proliferation of home decorating TV shows and magazines as an important symbol of contemporary life; if in many parts of the country, you are what you drive, then perhaps to an even greater degree now, you are where or how you live. In a mobile consumer society one's home is an important way of mirroring who we are, or would like to be or to become. The idealized life as represented in the idealized home may be based on an idea of luxury or leisure. A conservative sense of tradition, or a progressive modern look.
The installation is titled "Le Chateau del Pueblo". It's intent is to magnify the ways a populist art.form like home decorating represents self-expression, how coritemorary social values like narcism, vanity, and ambition find form in Home decoration, and how the real estate industry appeals to-these kinds of values to market a product that generally disdains the natural environment.
For this installation the artist has created or altered, lamps, furniture and bric-a-brac, as well as hand painted and block printed fabrics and site-specific decorator art.
An architectural model of the crack house along with architectural ,renderings of the project are included as examples of the kind of ,artistic material that normally defines and markets this type of project.
The artist has for some time been "terested in illustration, particularly types used to inform dictionaries, encyclopedias, and textbooks as source material for an art meant to mirror, if not examine a kind of social worldview that (he believes) is so much a part of our formative understandings of our universe, that we take it largely for granted.
His examination of the idealized home is a parallel effort to mirror a collective worldview through our increasing use of our homes as a vehicle of self-expression.
Domah Gallery Is located at 161 NW Z&h Street Miand FL 33127
www.dorshgallery.com Tet: 305 576 1278.
Opening Reception (including exhibitions by Brain Ready, Maria Jose
Arjona, and Other Artists.) To be hold December 13, 2001. 7-10 PM
Le Chateau del Pueblo will remain on exhibit until 16 Feb 2002
For Additional Information please contact. www.domohoWlerv.com or www.davidrohn.tv
The installation of “Le Chateau del Pueblo" was made possible by generous contributions from blue, a design company inc., Miami Beach FL a grant from the ED Foundation for the Arts, Kearny NJ. , and courtesy of The Kevin Brul;k Gallery Miami FL