44 Installations at the Mattress Factory 1952

Diane Samuels
Factory Installed: 1982
Materials
photographs

Mounted at regular intervals on the brick walls identically sized black and white photographs permanently document installations In preparation the artist photographed the empty...

Description

Mounted at regular intervals on the brick walls, identically sized black and white photographs permanently document 44 “installations.”

In preparation, the artist photographed the empty galleries from many angles. Using those prints as settings, she pieced together installations and performances from fragments of other photographs, torn paper, matches, pebbles, wire, clay, her own body.

She re-photographed her fictional installations and documented them with 6″ x 9″ prints.

Artist Statement

Since people tend to believe a photograph, I presented photo documents of 44 fictitious installations and performances that “occurred” at the Mattress Factory.

I photographed the galleries, empty, “installed” objects and other photos on to the prints of the empty galleries, then photographed these “installations.” I then exhibited the portfolio of bogus installations in the same galleries that I originally photographed empty.

About the Artist

Diane Samuels received both her BFA and MFA from Carnegie Mellon University. She has as Diploma from Harvard University, Institute in Arts Administration. She is a Visual Artist who uses other people’s words to create her work.