Frankfurt am Main

Art-O-Rama, 2017

25 August – 10 September, 2017

August 25–27, 2017
Vernissage: Friday 25 August, 3–8:30 PM
Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 August, 3–8 PM

Exhibition from 28 August–10 September, 2017
Mon–Fri, 2–7 PM
Sat–Sun, 1–7 PM

Salon international d’art contemporain
41 Rue Jobin
13003 Marseille, France

For ART-O-RAMA, Frankfurt am Main is pleased to present a solo presentation by Grayson Revoir (b. 1983, Alameda, CA, USA).
The project focuses on the Berliner Zimmer as a frame for presenting two sculptures in which form hybrids of two functional domestic objects; the bird cage and the sound system.

The Berliner Zimmer became a distinctive term for the alteration of preexisting upper class apartments in the late 19th, early 20th century Berlin where the section of the home, previously allocated for the servants quarters, was transformed into a space utilized primarily for entertaining company

This particular room was originally designed by architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel as a connecting corridor between the front living room and back wing occupied by the servants. After the war, many large apartments were cut up into smaller flats and this corridor that once connected the front house to the back house became an entity of its own – an oddly shaped and dimly lit living quarter.

For this presentation, Grayson Revoir recreates the zimmer in an inclusive ambient environment, an odd off cut room made of transparent fabric to reveal the interior through a hazed wall. Inside the space, two brass birdcages are hung opposite each other; the empty shells reminiscent of a birds domesticated setting intermittently play sounds as if the radio was left on after the house was quickly abandoned.

The birdcages’ archetypes are not only used as a domestic and decorative element, but they also portray a very specific function that Canary inhabitants had. In a darker period similar to that of the era during the Berliner Zimmer, Canaries were brought down into coal mines as a tool to determine if there were dangerous levels of carbon monoxide; A dead canary being a vital warning to the miners to abandon the mines immediately.