316 Waverly Avenue
The entrance to 316 Waverly Avenue is tierred with different materials. When you approach the building, the closest wall is covered in ivy, then an original stone wall, a stone wall from the rennovation, brick, and a promoninent glass facade designed by Richard Meyer. To the pedestrian, the parallel surfaces fit into a single frame. Photocopying this building not only accentuates the differences and sameness in the materials, but also the depth. A photograph of the building flattens the space between each facade and can be manipulated to tell a specific story about a place. This installation inverts the smooth surface of a photograph. The curling and flying sheets tell the story of their construction (the studio, photographer, print, etc.). The sheets represent the facade that they hang on but they also deceive it.
This project was created for the 35th Annual Light Work Grants in Photography exhibition in September 2009. Visitors and interns in the gallery participated by photographing the installation as they saw it. Many sheets fell during the rain storm on the first day, but the others were left to deconstruct over the next six weeks.
In the series of time-based drawings of architecture, Brummund first makes a picture of the building either by drawing, digital collage, or photography. She then digitally enlarges the image to the same scale as the facade. Next, Brummund prints the drawing on sheets of letter-sized office paper. The sheets are hung methodically on the facade, and eventually the entire image is visible. The sheets blow in the wind, curl from moisture, and fall off. Over time the real building and the representation of the building deconstruct, and we are compelled to piece together a new picture of the building. Photographs and videos document the ephemeral installation.