Window Seat, is a site-specific work created for the Albuquerque Press Club.
The Press Club, was originally the residence of Charles Whittlesey, architect for the Santa Fe Railroad (c. 1900). The log cabin sits isolated on a peculiar bluff next to I-25 in downtown Albuquerque. It is an anomaly, a strange time-capsule, its layers of time confused- a place that represented the vernacular of an earlier time even when it was newly constructed. Today it continues to exist in its own park-like place-mat in a relatively urban environment. Perched on the front porch, one can see the volcanoes to the west despite the towering masses of infrastructure that surround it.
Visitors are greeted by the sculpture as they enter the front door. It is constructed out of a log, the same species of wood out of which the main room is built. The sculpture is a table, in accordance to the current function of the Press Club, a place to socialize and drink. This function, allows the patrons to view the sculpture peripherally over time. Within the log, a thin, horizontal window provides a view of a landscape beyond the timber walls of the building. What the viewer sees is the silhouette of the volcanoes, carved out of the wood. A recessed light source is programmed to cast a moving shadow onto this miniaturized horizon, simulating the way the suns rays pass through the clouds over time.With this installation, I was looking to apply similar principles of my land art to an interior space- yet, still connecting the viewer to a local land feature. The intention was to draw a relative sense of scale and distance despite the enclosing nature of a building. I was hoping to blur the function of the work into the experience of the atmosphere, perplexing the associations of time with mixtures of contemporary and nostalgic vernacular.