Brian Burnett
Contraposition II

1999
Wood, grass, dirt, steel
96 x 48 x 48
The sculpture was configured into a concentric shape made up of various scraps of picketed wood fencing found collapsed from decay. Each vertical panel was attached by flexible hinges, which allowed the form to loose it’s rigidity because of physical contact or motioning of air. Between each alternating slat the viewer was invited to become a voyeur, discovering nothing inside, but a contained empty portion of space. The suspension and organic presentation of the fence highlighted the contradictive and impermanent role it signified as a form of power, security, or personally claimed ownership. The “inaccessibility” attempted to question the social conditioning and significance of the picket fence used by a majority of urban and suburban dwellers.
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