‘Process in art has always been a discussion, whether or not its an interesting discussion is a different story. New York-based Israeli Ofra Lapid has a fascinating process behind her series Broken Houses, which explores the concept of scale and illusion by creating incredibly detailed small scale models based on photographs of abandoned buildings she culled from the web. The series focuses on structures that have been neglected by their human counterparts and have fallen victim to weather and decay. They include crumbling miniature houses and neglected barns, some merely dilapidated, others completely collapsed.
‘”I was very intrigued by these images in both the plastic level, their shapes and structure,” Lapid says, “as well as in their subject matter, the idea of a typical house structure wearing down.” Just as the photographers of the original images were moved to capture, and thereby arrest, the decomposing process, Lapid was inspired to rebuild and preserve the buildings before their total collapse.
‘Creating these scale models involves building three dimensional panels, attaching the original photograph to each panel and then assembling the panels using tiny wooden “beams” to keep areas of the newly invented structure upright, creating a 3-D effect. She then photographs them again in front of a gray background. The sculptures are all sized around 12 x 14 inches. In several cases, the houses appear to be plucked straight out of their origins and transported to a photography studio. The end result is an array of stunning photographs, which feature homes that are sun bleached, with crumbling bricks, broken windows and doors hanging from the shingle.
‘On the use of web-based images, Lapid believes it gives her the freedom to appreciate its image and context “namely, the story behind it, the subject matter. I enjoy manipulating the original photograph: erase; cut, copy, and paste; print; create crafty models; build something broken; create an illusion; change the meaning; emphasize something from the past; photograph a photograph; enlarge something that is very small; meet new people; discover remote parts of the world; be in many places at once; humanize the computer; settle conflicts.”‘ — collaged
An abandoned home fire & collapse, 800 block of Pavone, Benton Harbor
Abandoned house being swallowed by the sea
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The Real Monster House
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Apartment building collapse
Ofra Lapid’s Website
Ofra Lapid @ Facebook
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There was a link in the post to where you can buy ‘Stupid Baby’. Oh, shit, my eyes and/or brain malfunctioned. Sorry for the bizarre digression into Whitman bashing, although I’m happy to know it did not fall on deaf ears. That does sounds extremely complicated to enact, and exciting to imagine receiving, need I say. A performative ‘Pale Fire’, now that’s an idea. My brain just got beautifully scrambled. How interesting that they produced Tom Waits’s ‘Alice’. That’s pretty amazing. I don’t believe I’ve ever been anywhere where that has happened. That’s nuts. Your place is a happening place. Wow. I know that the court decision on whether ‘Don Quixote’ will be the closing film at Cannes this year is happening today, and that Gilliam suffered a minor stroke yesterday but is okay. Fingers crossed about today then. You ordered ‘Stupid Baby’, cool. Except for the cost, of course. Yeah, I have an apartment in LA packed with tons and tons of books that basically just get dusted like table tops these days. ** Okay. Today I request your kind attention to the cool works of artist Ofra Lapid. Do you have room in those big noggins of yours for her? I hope so. See you tomorrow.