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"Cold Storage: A Site-Specific Installation by Tony Stanzione"
2004-12-10 until 2005-03-14
Black and White Gallery
USA United States of America
Black and White Gallery is proud to present COLD STORAGE – a new site-specific sculptural installation by Tony Stanzione. COLD STORAGE is a 15 feet tall structure which consists of a series of stainless steel bunk beds with bed pans and ice pillows with additions of unpredictable shapes to be formed by running water responding to the temperature outside. The final outcome is the artist’s vision of a stack of beds with water slowly freezing and collecting vertically down the legs and horizontally or laterally seeping over bed pan surfaces.
For Stanzione, objects are deeply embedded in a network of systems and signs, social, economic, political and scientific – transforming the thought into a physical reality. COLD STORAGE sculptural installation derives its meaning not from itself, but in relations to multiple associations which are suggested or referenced within the work, so that one form becomes a sign for a complete routing of meaning. Here, the bed is an object which carries the suggestion of rest and peace. Its pervasiveness throughout the global domestic history and material culture, and its significance as a symbol of rejuvenation and transformation, made the bed an ideal conduit for Stanzione’s associative art. The stacking bed structure brings into play different social associations: stacking of the human beings, the space saving device, building up, as opposed to the domestic connotation of the bed itself. To further complicate the layering of association, Stanzione introduces a Cageian element of chance in the final, unpredictable freezing of running water.
Throughout his career, Stanzione seems to argue for a more complex vision of objects, one that accounts for the social life of things rather than a polarized view of pre- and post-industrial exchange.