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Fargo Frame: East Facade Mannequin

© Dennis Maher

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© Dennis Maher

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

Dennis Maher

American, born 1976

Fargo Frame: East Facade Mannequin, 2013

inkjet print on canvas with plywood, nails, and canvas stretcher bars

support: 64 x 40 inches (162.56 x 101.6 cm); framed: 66 1/2 x 46 1/2 x 2 inches (168.91 x 118.11 x 5.08 cm)

Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

James G. Forsyth Fund, 2014

P2014:5.3

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Provenance

the artist;
October 29, 2014, purchased by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo

Class

Digital prints

Work Type

Inkjet print

This information may change due to ongoing research. Glossary of Terms

A 2012–13 artist-in-residence at the Albright-Knox and current professor of architecture at the University at Buffalo, Dennis Maher lives in a formerly condemned property that he made into his home, studio, and workshop. By continually renovating his “Fargo House,” Maher also transformed it into a work of art that explores the connections between art and architecture, creation and destruction, and individual and collaborative work. This image of the building was created by digitally combining photographs and drawings of its structure and contents, resulting in a hallucinatory layering of fractured forms, textured surfaces, and artistic mediums. Maher then framed a print of this “house mirage,” as he calls it, in a custom wooden structure that loosely resembles a window or door. Simultaneously an image of a building, a byproduct of Maher’s recycling of architectural forms, and a piece of architecture itself, the final object challenges us to rethink how architects translate two-dimensional drawings into buildings, and how artists translate buildings into two-dimensional art. In 2016, Maher and the Albright-Knox’s Innovation Lab cofounded The Society for the Advancement of Construction-Related Arts (SACRA), which offers hands-on training in the skills necessary to preserve and continue Buffalo’s proud architectural heritage.

Label from Window to Wall: Art from Architecture, November 18, 2017–March 18, 2018

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