~MARJETICA POTRC/THE SHOTGUN HOUSE/NEW ORLEANS
this brings to mind a nifty, unexpectedly resonant little show that was recently up at MAX PROTECH:
(‘little’ . . as in quietly presented – !!)
MARJETICA POTRC – ‘FUTURE TALK NOW: THE GREAT REPUBLIC OF NEW ORLEANS’
JANUARY 12 – FEBRUARY 9, 2008
MAX PROTETCH – 511 WEST 22ND ST. – CHELSEA – NYC
“Selected as a fellow at the VERA LIST CENTER for ART and POLITICS in NEW YORK, POTRC has been conducting research in New Orleans over the past year. She has focused on issues of sustainability, water, and the emergence of new geographic and political territoires based on changing ecology, working to create artworks that address those issues in a larger global context . . .
Operating at the interface of architecture, art and social science, POTRC has conducted research along these lines all over the world . . .
In 2000 she received the HUGO BOSS PRIZE.
‘FUTURE TALK NOW: THE GREAT REPUBLIC OF NEW ORLEANS’ highlights the role of small-scale initiatives as basic building blocks of urban architecture.
The ‘SHOTGUN HOUSE’, the large-scale sculpture in the exhibition, is based on a form typical to New Orleans architecture. Lately this local style has begun to undergo modifications as inhabitants have outfitted their homes with additions that allow them to harvest rainwater and solar power.
The two figurative caryatids that support the roof at the front of the house refer to the origins of the shotgun house style in Greek revival architecture and African tradition. They also stand as literal reminders that New Orleans is being rebuilt by its citizens.” – PRESS RELEASE
MARJETICA POTRC was born in Ljubljana, SLOVENIA, where she currently lives and works.
see: curriculum vitae
MARJETICA POTRC , ‘New Orleans: Shotgun House with Rainwater Harvesting Tank’, 2007 – a view of the rainwater harvesting tank.
MARJETICA POTRC, ‘New Orleans: Shotgun House with Rainwater Harvesting Tank’ – the front porch with the 2 (folkloric) caryatid female figures.
MARJETICA POTRC , ‘New Orleans: Shotgun House with Rainwater Harvesting Tank’ – the satellite dish !!
the exhibit also included some very interesting and visually bright/fresh, works on paper. MARJETICA POTRC, ‘New Orleans: Settlement and The Return to Archetypes’, 2007, ink drawing on paper with inkjet print. (2 @ 26 x 33 3/4 ins.)
MARJETICA POTRC, ‘New Orleans: City and Rainwater Connections’, 2007.
MARJETICA POTRC, ‘New Orleans: Highway and Surviving in Pieces’, 2007.
MARJETICA POTRC, ink drawing on paper, ‘New Orleans: Highway and Surviving in Pieces’
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH