Daan Padmos: Time Sharing, 2009
Permanent installation, Riverfront Green, Peekskill, NY
Time Sharing, 2009
12’ x 8’ x 11 1/2’
Courtesy of the artist and the
Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art
. . . in the northwest corner of Riverfront Green Park in Peekskill, where it will have a permanent presence. 'The sculpture,' he writes, 'is a steel house, approximately 12 by 11 by 8 feet, on a rolling bar, positioned in such a way that it looks as though the house has been pushed ashore - the first step on its way inland.' This work is charged with all possible references to the notions of origin and destination. The material used in the sculpture, 3/16 inch Corten steel, was also used by the original Dutch settlers for producing stoves, pots, pans, plows and other equipment. The sculpture has the form of a house: an old symbol for origins and familiar surroundings, even in the context of immigration. But the house is not stable, since it is balancing awkwardly on a steel bar. And then there is the name of this sculpture: Time Sharing. In the real estate business, 'time sharing' means sharing ownership of a house, allowing purchasers to occupy it during a specified period of time each year. Padmos is fabricating a series of maquettes of the sculpture in three sizes. The money from the sale of the maquettes is being used to finance the fabrication of the large-scale sculpture, but at the same time the buyers become closely involved in the project.
--Excerpt from Christophe Van Gerrewey's essay Is it a language
that you speak?
, "Double Dutch" exhibition catalogue.