michael jantzen

michael jantzen

Santa Fe, NM, US




Reformations are a series of sculptures made of painted wood. They were designed to explore the boundaries between sculpture and architecture, through the invention of specific techniques that reveal unexpected results.

The creation of each of the sculptures started with one or more hollow cube forms. These varied in size, and some were connected together forming rectangular forms. Various random shapes of various sizes were then cut out of the cube or rectangular hollow forms. Some of the shapes were folded out of their holes, and some were folded into the hollow cubes or rectangles. Each was attached to the hollow forms at one of their edges that best defined a logical place at which the folding in or out would occur.

The inside of the hollow forms were painted orange, and the outsides were painted white. This was done in order to graphically heighten the relationship between the inside and the outside of the hollow forms, and to increase the visual complexity of the finished sculptures. The complexity of the sculptures could be changed greatly by simply folding the cutout shapes in or out of the hollow forms in different ways, and/or from different edges of each shape.

The conceptual relationship to architecture is heightened when the scale of the sculptures is increased to a point where people could actually occupy the spaces. The different shaped cutouts could then become functional windows and doors, and/or be used to change the shape of the building to accommodate different needs of the occupants. 

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Status: Built
Location: Santa Fe, NM, US