Two rooms are connected by a flexible functional installation where visiting artists live while they work on their own installations in other spaces The...
Two rooms are connected by a flexible, functional installation where visiting artists live while they work on their own installations in other spaces.
The space is delineated by color – grey carpet, pale blue on walls, doors, and into the hall. The opening in the wall between the two rooms through which everything shared can pass – light bulbs, beds, and arm rests – is painted bright red.
The two single beds roll through the wall for sleeping or sitting. They can be positioned to make sofas, a king-sized bed, or separate beds in each room. Back cushions reverse to headboards.
Bed Sitting Rooms for an Artists in Residence is a permanent installation.
The Mattress Factory acquired a rundown row-house near its original building and commissioned me to design a living space for its Artists-in-Residence program. The space consisted of two rooms that might need to function in a variety of ways:
I superimposed a 13′ 8″ x 19′ x 8′ volume into the middle of the two-room space, the center wall dividing this new “room” in half. Everything within this volume was treated as new constructions, with blue walls and grey carpet. The areas outside of this “room” were left as is and completely covered with white paint.
The wall dividing “my room” has a series of openings through which the furniture components can partially or fully pass.
These transformations are decided upon by the occupant, completed in seconds, and so can be redesigned many times a day.
The fabric used is grey flannel, ambiguous as a sofa covering or a bedspread. The interior of the cuts in the wall are emphasized with red paint.
Allan Wexler, a self-described “artist in an architect’s body,” was an early member of the late 1960s “non-architects” or “paper architects,” who questioned the perceived divide between art and the design discipline. Wexler has worked in the fields of architecture, design and fine art for forty-five years. He has been represented by the Ronald Feldman Gallery in New York City since 1984 and has exhibited, taught and lectured nationally and internationally since 1972. Wexler currently teaches at Parsons School of Design in New York City. He is a fellow of the American Academy in Rome, winner of a Chrysler Award for Design Innovation and the Henry J. Leir Prize from the Jewish Museum in New York. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2016.