Checkpoint: Diorama by Roxy Paine
A large-scale diorama of an airport security checkpoint rendered through various processes—from computer modeling to meticulous hand carving using maple wood—but is not an actual replica. Once familiar and foreign, the work offers the opportunity to visually and cerebrally examine a place that is usually only experienced through a rushed physical encounter.
Checkpoint alchemically translates a quotidian space into an uncanny one. Metal and rubber are transformed into soft-hued maple wood, a depth of eighty feet is perspectivally forced into eighteen, and the moving, living moment of human experience becomes architecturally frozen in time. Decontextualized through these physical distortions, and devoid of the expected human pulse, Checkpoint turns the prosaic into poetry, both in form and in content. Here, a mundane and potentially menacing space becomes a fixed point of quiet contemplation.On view at Marianne Boesky Gallery Sept. 4 – Oct. 18