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Chris Schanck: Off-World
Museum of Arts and Design


Group Project with Ana Belardi, Panayiota Kalfas, & Sarah Rosengarten

Fabrication & Installation Branding

This window is inspired by the otherworldly sculptures and furniture by Chris Schanck. Stuffed spandex fabric is used on the floor and walls create organic forms. Spray foam is used sculpturally throughout the window, similar to the work of Chris Schanck. The back wall is a graphic that emulates the plywood material Schanck uses in his sculptures. Schanck uses plywood from the boarded up houses in Detroit. Plywood is also relevant in New York because it was used at one time to board up Madison Avenue. The least expensive material was used to cover the most expensive ones. The plywood in this window is not used as protection, but rather it is used to show the world that lives beyond the plywood, The Off-World. The mannequin is used to portray the out of context takeover of the extraterrestrial world. This unfamiliar world is not a world from far away, but the world we live in now. The mannequin is “the other” being consumed by an Off-World. The question is, what is “the other?” Is it gender? Sexuality? Religion? Culture? That is for the viewer to decide. 

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