Sculpture and Installation

354 FRANKLIN, 2016

Collaborative architectural intervention, and sculpture

345 Franklin is a collaboration between artist Ian Strange and Detriot-based artist/architect Catie Newell (Alibi studio). The work comprises both a site-responsive architectural intervention in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and a to-scale sculptural artifact derived from the site work.

345 Franklin reduces a standing house to a single sliver. The intervention contracts the house into its central interior through a set of visually simple but decisive cuts, rendering the interior radically open but functionally inaccessible. The careful incisions of 345 Franklin are a direct reference to Gordon Matta-Clark’s Splitting (1974), and they gesture toward the negative space created in that seminal work by creating its inverse: a mass. The house was then demolished down to the central sliver, using the exposed interior sliver as a stand-alone sculptural work constructed off-site as both a sculpture and artifact.

345 Franklin was funded by the University of Michigan Office of the Vice President of Research and the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. It was created in collaboration with arts organization SITE:Lab, as a part of the Rumsey St. Project, where it was exhibited alongside selected film works from Matta-Clark's estate.