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    Operational: An Installation by John Powers

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    Instillation view of Wing Left Group (Large Wing Left, Valby Ruta Oxford Circus Left, Maquette Wing Left, Small Wing Left), at Saamlung gallery.

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    Installation View of Large Hassock, Maquete Hassock, Small Sectional, Large Sectional, Valby Ruta Tottenham, Maquette Sectional at Saamlung gallery

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    "Astoria", an upholstered and vinyle-seat-covered work shown as a part of "Domestic Objects" at Bridge gallery.

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    "Valby Ruta Teratoma", my sculpture from this past fall, at Bridge gallery.

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    "Thing 2" - the second non-pedestal mattress object: The minimalists made a fetish of non-pedestal "objects" that rested directly on the floor or "reliefs" mounted to the wall. Robert Morris asked “Why not put the work outside and further change the terms?” - Recently I've been wondering how the terms would change if non-pedestal work was transplanted from the gallery to the domestic spaces of our homes. "Felix" is object intended to "sieze" and "occupy" mattress space.

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    For Those In Moscow: The unModern - I'll be giving a talk tomorrow night at the Schusev State Museum of Architecture at 6PM tomorrow evening (Saturday June 9th). I'll talk about my art work, the project I just completed, as well as share some thoughts on architecture and what it means to modern (or unModern) at the moment. I was invited to make a connection back t the Russian Futurists, but what is striking is how very different a project it is to be modern than is a was a hundred years ago.

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    Brick Moon - As I finished a drawing of this title I wrote a series of associations linking Arthur C. Clarke, J.G. Ballard, Robert Smithson, Iain M Banks, Lucian, Kepler and Voltaire - all by means of Reverend Edward Everett Hale, who, in 1869, wrote what Clarke described as the "first treatment of both in fiction and nonfiction of an artificial satellite": a story called also called "Brick Moon."

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    "Big Gini"- detail - (2012)

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    "Big Gini" (2012) End of Day Seven - Vyksa Russia.

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    "Big Gini" (2012) End of Day Six - Vyksa Russia.

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    "Big Gini" (2012) End of Day Five - Vyksa Russia.

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    "Big Gini" (2012) End of Day Four - Vyksa Russia.

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    "Big Gini" (2012) End of Day Three - Vyksa Russia.

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    "Big Gini" (2012) End of Day Two - Vyksa Russia.

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    "Big Gini" (2012) End of Day One - Vyksa Russia.

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    In Situ vs Site Specific - Already played-out when I first began doing installation work in 1995, Richard Serra proved once and for all just how attenuated and meaningless "site specific" had become in 2006, with the installation of his monstrous "site specific" work Band for his retrospectives at MoMA and LACMA (Band was billed as "site specific" for both venues). In situ means the work I will do will be conceived and built on the exact spot where it will be shown and live out its objecthood.

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    The two largest set of blocks I'll be using next week - 100 mm x200 mm x 300 mm, and 150 mm x 300 mm x 450 mm- easily the largest wood blocks I've ever had to play with.

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    Headed to Russia next week to work with these blocks.

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    The minimalists made a fetish of non-pedestal "objects" that rested directly on the floor or "reliefs" mounted to the wall. Robert Morris asked “Why not put the work outside and further change the terms?” - Recently I've been wondering how the terms would change if non-pedestal work was transplanted from the gallery to the domestic spaces of our homes. "Felix" is object intended to "sieze" and "occupy" mattress space.

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    Gale [polystyrene 72" x 72" x 20"] installed at Art Omi Visitor Center 2012

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    Brick Moon 2010 - for Felix & Michelle

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