At the intersection of architecture and sculpture, color and light, glass and steel, sits Good Weather (Glass House), a large-scale installation by Carroll Gardens artist Rob Fischer. The house is the centerpiece of a solo exhibition of Fischer’s work at the Derek Eller Gallery in Chelsea, through April 19.
Fischer built the house from recycled materials, using some elements from a glass, steel and wooden structure he built for a live installation in Marfa, Texas. For the Chelsea show, Fischer created a new, almost theoretical split-level one-bedroom living space, replete with a raised bedroom — a bed, a stereo and a curtain — and down a short, open hallway, a sink and a stovetop.
Built in his Gowanus studio, Fischer constructed the house with large panes of glass, some painted with bright splashes of color, others screen-printed with images of Fischer’s work. He then deconstructed the house and rebuilt it within the gallery, reforming it to fit the space.
The piece is a magnificent geometric sculpture, sublime and dramatic. From the interior, it makes an intrinsic case for minimalism and simplicity. Good Weather (Glass House) begs the question — in living, how much do we need that is indoors? Could we spend as much time selecting the exterior environment as we do the interior, living where the outdoors is as important as what is inside, where a house becomes a place to contemplate nature and sky, where the structure around is simply a protection from the rain, wind and snow?
Yet seen from afar, the structure is a matter for contemplation and admiration — sparkling like a massive, glass jewel.
Check out more of Fischer’s work: http://rob-fischer.com/newsite/contact/
Good Weather (Glass House)
Derek Eller Gallery
615 W. 27th St.
Closing Saturday, April 19