Following up on my last post about real vs simulated surveillance, another vein of simulation I explored last semester was the strong pull of beauty and simplicity, and whether either are achievable.
In response to that question and influenced by the humor of Unhappy Hipsters, I created Meri's Room, an installation in my SMFA studio. I presented the simulation of a modernist space that on the surface displayed all of the proper and acceptable materials, surfaces and proportions of good taste.
What was real was only the simulation – the time, labor and money spent. The room was constructed of materials from hardware and art supply stores, crafted with an untrained hand, yet done in the vernacular and grammar of modernism.
It spoke to the ultimate failure of modernism and designers’ aspirations to become “thoughtful host anticipating his guests” (Charles Eames). The room was void of any joyful expression except for the occupants’ choice of a few select objects and the guided meditation taking the participant on an inner journey to her own room where she is safe, comforted and able to free herself from her concerns.
Perfection, as it turns out, can only be simulated; it’s an unachievable non-reality.
More images on the gallery pages.