HOME IN A HOME, HVCCA WORD

Kristyna and Marek Milde

part of the group exhibition “Word, Words in Art Art in Words

 at Hudson Valley Contemporary Center for the Arts (HVCCA)

1701 Main St., Peekskill, NY

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 27th 5 to 7 p.m.

On view: February 27 – December 17, 2016

 

 HVCCA, Word

 Home in a Home, 2016, installation view, wallpaper – digital print on vinyl, molding, furniture, project’s survey, 12’ x 10’x 9’

 

The installation project Home in a Home by Kristyna and Marek Milde explores the identity of collectible objects important in creating the personal and psychological space that we identify as Home. Home in a Home is a project based on the research of the culture of dwelling, it takes the form of a furnished living room functioning as a lounge and laboratory for exploring the concepts of domesticity.

The walls of the installation are covered with organic diamond-patterned wallpaper, designed by the artists, which ornaments unfold the narrative. Its shapes, at first glance, appear to be purely decorative, however, close up they are revealed to be made entirely of text, text which tells the stories of the things people collect and bring into their homes to transform and create their own personal space. The room is equipped with household objects such as a sofa, lamp and coffee table. Visitors are invited to sit down and use the space as a lounge to contemplate what constitutes their personal space. The audience may actively participate in the project by completing a questionnaire about the unique non-functional objects in their own homes.

Over the last 4 years, several hundreds of participants from around the world have responded to the project’s survey conducted by the Mildes, sharing the narratives of personal objects they own and collect. In Home in a Home at the HVCCA these statements became the foundation for creating an environment based on the idea of personal space. The gathered material served the artists to create a room of stories, in which the texts became patterns on the wallpaper that reveal the intangible layers of the fabric of a Home inside the physical space we live in.

“Rusty nail found in the forest, a collection of meteorites, dead rosemary plant, gift from a friend never opened”, thousands of collectibles from various categories, precious objects organized together with banalities, souvenirs, trophies, valuable collections and memorabilia, a variety of natural materials brought from trips, art objects, paintings, photographs, things found and received etc. These things seemingly excessive in our homes together reveal a narrative about places and people, their desires and dreams, in which the objects are mediators of the contexts.

 

 HVCCA, Word, Kristyna and Marek Milde, Home in a Home

Home in a Home, at HVCCA, 2016, detail from the wallpaper pattern, digital print on vinyl,  dimensions variable

 

“We experienced that architecture does not provide “Home” automatically, it is a quality rather elusive that has to be attained and then maintained“, explains the Mildes “With the project we research what creates the sense of a home in the houses, rooms and spaces we inhabit, by exploring the remarkable ways people develop to create this kind of space, while building their home within the physical space of the dwelling.”

“The collectible objects in our homes have a prominent role as the embodiment of memories and experiences accumulated over time, sustaining the private universe of its owners. The personal choices and combinations we make, the way of placement and display create new environments, representing unique systems of personal hierarchy. The objects in general represent the world that extends beyond the four walls expressing a need to transform the space of the white, blank boxes we inhabit, while building a connection to a context, which the architecture of the walled space is lacking”, say the Mildes.

 

While reading the stories on the walls in the Home in a Home installation, space becomes an active environment of shared intimacy, mapping patterns of personal thoughts and longings – original and universal at the same time. The wallpaper, which would normally function to decorate and cover the walls to create a spatial illusion, becomes here a doorway into the fragile architecture of the personal space that constitutes the integrity of our Homes.

The installation Home in a Home in the exhibition Word at HVCCA resumes this ongoing project on the integrity of modern lifestyles, which started as part of Mildes’ “Thoughts on the Living Room” workshop at the MoMA Studio in New York (2012) and continued as part of the exhibition “Homescapes” at the Karlin Studios in Prague (2012) and “Where Is My Home” at the DOX Center for Contemporary Art in Prague (2013).

We would like to especially thank  Nicole Pottberg and Kathy Stucko for their dedicated text editing and Eva Heyd for photo documentation.

PDF: Press Release Word at HVCCA

Photos by Eva Heyd, and Kristyna and Marek Milde