Two Texans and too much time on their hands is always a recipe for disaster. Houston area sculptors Dan Havel and Dean Ruck on the site of two houses due for demolition made a large tunnel like art display that you can walk through. Pretty much looks like a set from JJ Abram’s production, where the audience is truly “lost”.
The project Inversion will transform two Art League houses on the corner of Montrose Boulevard and Willard Street. The Art League offered Havel and Ruck the old studio buildings before they are demolished this spring making way for a new Art League building.
The adjacent houses have been used for exhibition space and art classes for over thirty years. Havel and Ruck will create a large funnel-like vortex beginning from the west wall adjacent to Montrose Blvd. The exterior skin of the houses will be peeled off and used to create the narrowing spiral as it progresses eastward through the small central hallway connecting the two buildings and exiting through a small hole into an adjacent courtyard.
Ten years ago, Dan Havel and Dean Ruck were part of a trio of artists, including sculptor Kate Petley, that collaborated on “O House,” a large scale installation that transformed a small bungalow in Houston’s Westend neighborhood into a magical space for two months. Through the use of an interior circular room, earth floors, and pinhole projections of surrounding trees and sky for lighting, “O House” created an environment with a fluid barrier between inside and outside, psyche and experience, spirituality and consciousness. For many, the memory of the installation after its demolition served to strengthen their personal associations of the experience. Inversion is also a temporary project that will celebrate the history of the houses for the thousands of students who have taken art classes at Art League Houston as they make way for a new facility.
About Art League Houston is a nonprofit corporation created to provide an opportunity for all members of the community to experience the contemporary visual arts. Their Mission is to cultivate awareness, appreciation and accessibility of contemporary visual art within the community for its cultural enrichment. And apparently frighten their neighbors before they even move in.
The only tunnel I have ever made is one that ran between all the junk on the floor so I could make it to my desk, so I’m pretty jealous.