Image: Halsey Rodman
Gradually/We Became Aware/Of a Hum In the Room
May 31, 2014

Gradually/We Became Aware/Of a Hum in the Room is a new project by Halsey Rodman that presents a temporally distributed architectural structure conceived for two locations: the desert of High Desert Test Sites, Joshua Tree, CA and Art in General's sixth floor gallery in the heart of downtown New York City.  

The work begins in the desert as a triangular building divided into three identical rooms. Each room has a circular window looking out upon the landscape and contains a series of near-identical “fixtures”: a desk, a chair, and a shelf. The interior and fixtures are painted distinct colors according to the single descriptive text below:
 

I AM THINKING OF A REVERSE SUNSET THAT NEITHER OF US HAS EVER SEEN: WHAT YOU SEE IN THE SKY OPPOSITE THE SUNSET.

WHAT SURROUNDS THE PRISM IN THE DESERT IN THE FUTURE IS OUT OF REACH SO

I WILL PULL THESE COLORS FROM THE AIR.

FOUR COLORS ABOVE THE TAN DESERT SCRUB IN THE GRAYING SKY FADE TOWARDS THE LIGHT BLUE DUSK: DUSTY PURPLE, MAGENTA, FADING REDPEACH AND ON INTO THAT AIRLESS BLUE.

THE FIFTH COLOR IS YELLOW: THE CONE OF A FLASHLIGHT IN A PITCH BLACK ROOM.
 

One year later the work will be dismantled, transported, and reassembled inside Art in General’s gallery, the previous exterior walls unfolded to become the interior. The three (formerly) exterior walls create a central, open triangular area and the interiors and walls of the rooms will be splayed-out around the perimeter. All windows in the gallery are open, allowing the shifting light to filter in, clock-like, from the outside. The presence of the desert landscape is collapsed into the center of the inside-out structure, an exterior folded in upon itself. This inverted structure, now established as a zone of exchange, interpenetration, and blurring between interior and exterior, suggests a consensual, productive encounter of time and architecture.

Gradually/We Became Aware/Of a Hum in the Room will be on view at High Desert Test Sites' Andy's Gamma Gulch parcel near Joshua Tree, CA beginning May 31, 2014.  
 

High Desert Test Sites
On view starting May 31, 2014, opening reception at the site Saturday, May 31, 4-7pm
Andy's Gamma Gulch
Pioneertown, CA
 

Gradually/We Became Aware/Of a Hum in the Room is an Art in General New Commission in collaboration with High Desert Test Sites.

High Desert Test Sites is grateful to our generous supporters and volunteers, including: Dan Anderson, William Butler, Luke Davis, Bob Dornberger, Josephine Edmonson, Lauren Gallow, Cathy Hsiao, Hannah Jackson, Nora Rolf, Chris Sicignano, Sophie Stid, Angie Terry, Diane & David Waldman, Lucas Wrench, and Hsin Yu.

General Support of Art in General is provided by General Hardware Manufacturing Inc.; the Lambent Fund of the Tides Foundation; the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The Greenwich Collection; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; Agnes Gund; Select Equity Group Foundation; and by individuals. This program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

The New Commissions Program is made possible by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; Trust for Mutual Understanding; National Endowment for the Arts; Jerome Foundation; and the William Talbott Hillman Foundation. Support has also been provided by Commissioners’ Circle leaders Jeffery Larsen and Joseph Bolduc; Commissioners’ Circle supporters Sandra Ho and Jang Kim, and Cher Lewis, and Commissioners’ Circle members Roya Khadjavi-Heidari, Sean Johnson, Mary Lapides, Richard Massey, Leslie Ruff, Joyce Siegel, and Jeremy E. Steinke.

Additional support for Gradually / We Became Aware / Of a Hum in the Room provided by Guerra Paints.

Special thanks to Eric Blumberg/Blumberg Designs and Vance Wellenstein & Phil Lubliner/Other Means, and the Toporovsky Triplets.