On Thursday, February 19th, 2015, at 6:00pm in the Bret Llewelyn Gallery, I went to see the opening of The Architecture of Distance: Works by Laurie O’Brian. The works in the show were all small scaled architecture models, which was also the main inspiration of these works. These models were made with clean white paper for a simple architectural design, and some little bits of wood to give each a natural feel to them. She also had small projected videos on some parts of the architecture. This was to mix senses of both the tangibleness of the models to the intangibleness of the videos, which represented the internet.
With the video aspects of her pieces, there were small videos of people, which are people that she knows, and she called these people, puppets. This digital puppetry, along with the intangibleness of them, they also have a meaning of surveillance, which in today’s time is very prevalent. This also illustrates connections to different people and places across space.
She made these pieces with in a way that each one could be related to another one. But she didn’t make them to straightforward so they can still have an air of mystery to them. When you see them, though, they have very strong metaphors, which reflect her own commentary. One in particular that stood out was one that had a small wooden ladder leading up to a box with a Facebook like button. This to me shows many people feel the need to “climb the social ladder” and that its super important and nothing else matters. This aspect that each person can and probably will have their own interpretation of each piece she made really makes this gallery that much more interesting.