CURRENTLY OFF VIEW
Monica M. Bock, Mary Carlisle, Cathy Lynn Gasser,
Melissa Goldstein, Sandrine Sheon, Catherine Smith
A Collaboration (1993)
1414 Monterey, outside, 2nd and 3rd floors
Six artists worked together on all parts of this installation. Their work begins outside on the sidewalk with a periscope, built in the same fashion and with the same molding as the building itself. A small binocular-type eyepiece provides a video constantly showing a waterfall. The video can be viewed only in this place, but it is the first of a number of references to inside images and outside images.
On the stairwell between the 2nd and 3rd floors is a handrail with water circulating through it.
On the 2nd floor, a cast resin door appears to provide entry to a gallery, but it does not open. The door, constructed in a manner that suits the architecture, permits natural light from the windows in a closed-off gallery. Windows in the accessible gallery are covered with foam core that repeats the pattern of the tin ceiling.
In the next gallery is a steel railing which looks onto a horizon line, cut into the wall. From the horizon line comes the scent of fresh grass (replenished regularly in the felt liner of the incision).
A miniature door separates the two galleries on this floor. There is the sound of a waterfall, the recording hidden in a nearby closet.
There are three windows with pull blinds made of transparencies. Each is a photograph of the actual scene outside the window, taken on a beautiful sunny day. The three shades are kept partially pulled, each set to a different height. The scene may line up perfectly with the outside view, or it may not, depending upon one's height.