Has the World Already Been Made? x4
Featuring works by Daniel G. Baird & Haseeb Ahmed and featuring photography and film by Jeff Weber (DE)
Under the cover of darkness or masquerading as architectural conservators, artists Daniel G. Baird and Haseeb Ahmed collect fragments of architectural, ornamental and natural formations from around the world. They make molds on-site directly from their chosen objects. These disparate fragments are then reconciled to construct a single ‘universalized space’. For Baird and Ahmed, these installations become ‘reverse site-specific’.
For their project at Roots and Culture, the artists take inspiration from the architectural interiors of Frank Lloyd-Wright and the archive of historical artifacts at the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago to transform the gallery space into an immersive installation.