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345 Franklin

Catie Newell / Ian strange

345 Franklin reduces a standing house to a single sliver. It intervenes in the existing spatial mass in order to suggest a dramatic diminishing of interior space. The intervention contracts the house into its central interior through a set of visually simple but decisive cuts, rendering the interior radically open but functionally inaccessible. The careful incisions of 345 Franklin are a direct reference to Gordon Matta- Clark’s Splitting (1974), and they gesture toward the negative space created in that seminal work by creating its inverse: a mass. As they prepare to demolish the house down to the central sliver, the artists plan to fully contract the space of the house by using the exposed interior sliver as a stand-alone sculptural work in the future.

Entry Details
  • Art form: Installation
  • Depth: 50'
  • Medium: house
  • Width: 30'
  • Year created: 2016
  • Height: 30'

About Catie Newell / Ian strange

345 Franklin is the first collaboration between visual artist Ian Strange and artist / architect Catie Newell and is the starting point for an ongoing dialogue between the two. Strange and Newell's existing practices both experiment with domestic architecture globally through large-scale site-specific interventions. Informally the two have been speaking through their works for 3 years, but 345 Franklin is the first time they have directly collaborated. This work has been funded by the University of Michigan Office of the V ice President of Research and the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.