Siah Armajani. Elements Number 30. 1990

Siah Armajani

Elements Number 30

1990

Medium
Diamond plate aluminum, painted steel, and mirrors stained with translucent color
Dimensions
9' 5" x 53 7/8" x 7' (289.5 x 136.6 x 213.3 cm)
Credit
Gift of Agnes Gund, Anna Marie and Robert F. Shapiro, Jerry I. Speyer and The Norman and Rosita Winston Foundation, Inc.
Object number
92.1991.a-j
Department
Painting and Sculpture
This work is not on view.
Siah Armajani has 2 works online.
There are 1,537 sculptures online.

Composed by arranging semi-industrial building materials, this work belongs to the artist's Elements series, begun in 1985, which dissects and reconfigures the vocabulary of vernacular architecture. The sculpture's individual components recall aspects of domestic space—doors, windows, drawers—while the disjunctive composition denies the viewer entry. This tension or balance between the private and the public is central to Armajani's practice, which often takes the form of communal spaces, such as bridges, gardens, and reading rooms. The artist has acknowledged the importance of this careful equilibrium, saying, "By focusing on the parts, rather than the whole, I am trying to substitute synergy for gestalt."

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