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The White House Series

skúlptúrar og málverk, 2011

Rakst á bókina  „The White House in Miniature“, í antíkbúð í Pittsfield, MA, í  Bandaríkjunum þegar ég var á sýningarferð þar árið 2006. Hreifst strax af innihaldinu, ekki síst þeirri grunnhugmynd táknmyndar sem Hvíta Húsið er og verður. Ég fór að velta fyrir mér mögulegum verkum tengdu þessu efni. Þar sem ég tækist á við táknmyndina sjálfa, gildi hennar og þörfum okkar fyrir táknmyndir. Það varð því úr að ég ákvað að gera endurgerð Hvíta Hússins, í minni útfærslu, bæði í formi þrívíðrar endurgerðar auk raðar málverka. Ég studdist við ljósmyndir úr áðurnefndri bók.

Endurgerðirnar urðu þrjár, úr mismunandi byggingarefnum, gifs, steypa og leir. Þetta urðu í raun endurgerðir eftir ljósmyndum af endurgerð og eins málverkin eru málverk eftir ljósmyndum af endurgerð. Þetta vakti í raun einnig upp spurninguna hvenar hættir endurgerðin að vera endurgerð upprunalegs hlutar og eignast eigið kennimark.

Sjálfur hef ég aldrei séð Hvíta Húsið, ekki komið til Washington og það er ekki á dagskránni.

Þessi verk sýndi ég í Kling og Bang Gallerí haustið 2011.

Hér á eftir fer brot af texta úr áðurnefndri bók, til glöggvunar á hugmyndinni sem lá til grundvallar gerð verksins:

 

From 1962-1975 the Family of Jan and John Zweifel labored to create an exact replica of the White House.

In 1975, John and Jan announced “were taking the White House to the people.”

 

In the book “The White House In Miniature”, the former president and Mrs. Gerald Ford, wrote a foreword:

The White House is owned by all Americans, but only a small number ever have the opportunity to visit it in person this great house of American History. John and Jan Zweifel wanted to recreate the home of the president and first lady in order to take it to the people, in all fifty states, who could not come to Washington. …Many many millions more Americans and foreign friends have “seen” the White house because of their splendid miniaturization.

            The White House is a living symbol of the United States of America and the home of first families since 1800. Its unique history instills pride in our country’s democratic heritage. To come to the White house, or behold the Zweifel´s meticulous representation of the rooms, helps us to better understand our nation’s past and feel a sense of continuity with it. May the White house continue to inspire us, our children, and our children´s children-until the tricentennial, and beyond.

                                                                                    Gerald and Betty Ford

From the book: “The White House in Miniature”, by Gail Buckland. (W.W. Norton & Company, New York – London)

 

The White House Series

Sculptures and paintings, 2011

Came across the book "The White House in Miniature", in an antique shop in Pittsfield, MA, in the United States, when showing there in the year 2006. Instantly liked the content of the book, not the least the main concept around the icon that the White House is and will be. I started wandering about possibilties relating to that matter. Where one would tacle the icon itself, its meaning and our needs for icon´s in general. I therefor decided to do my own replicas of the White House, both three-dimensional as well as a series of paintings. I worked from photographs from the before mentioned book. 

In the end I made three replicas, from different materials, plaster, concrete and clay. They are replicas from photographs of a replica. The paintings are also paintings after photographs of a replica. This process brought up the question, when does the replica stop being a replica of an original and gets it´s own identity.

I´ve never seen the White House myself, never even been to Washington and don´t intend to.

These works were shown in Kling and Bang Gallery, 2011.

 

Following are fragments of texts from the book, as a reference to the idea that led to the making of the series:

 

 

From 1962-1975 the Family of Jan and John Zweifel labored to create an exact replica of the White House.

In 1975, John and Jan announced “were taking the White House to the people.”

 

In the book “The White House In Miniature”, the former president and Mrs. Gerald Ford, wrote a foreword:

The White House is owned by all Americans, but only a small number ever have the opportunity to visit it in person this great house of American History. John and Jan Zweifel wanted to recreate the home of the president and first lady in order to take it to the people, in all fifty states, who could not come to Washington. …Many many millions more Americans and foreign friends have “seen” the White house because of their splendid miniaturization.

            The White House is a living symbol of the United States of America and the home of first families since 1800. Its unique history instills pride in our country’s democratic heritage. To come to the White house, or behold the Zweifel´s meticulous representation of the rooms, helps us to better understand our nation’s past and feel a sense of continuity with it. May the White house continue to inspire us, our children, and our children´s children-until the tricentennial, and beyond.

                                                                                    Gerald and Betty Ford

From the book: “The White House in Miniature”, by Gail Buckland. (W.W. Norton & Company, New York – London)