Sculpted: Histories Revealed (2014 Exhibition)
Upon walking through the historic Foggy Bottom neighborhood, I encountered many interesting places that conjured up thoughts for site-specific sculptural works relating to home. The eclectic mix of residential and commercial buildings in the area blurs the lines between what is home and what is not. A mixed vernacular of residential building types goes from communal apartment living to the privacy of individual row houses, and I chose to focus on the private residences rather than the democratic high rises. The physical divider of home-versus-public is typically the entrance door. We enter and exit through this device and associate on a micro level of being at home when we are inside behind it or away from home when outside it. The transition from and to this home entry door is a concept that can have many lengths and time intervals. My piece uses the grand staircase in front of the home to amplify the transition from public street activity to private home life. The colors will gradually fade from a bright caution yellow at the busy public pedestrian and vehicular street level to a deep red at the upper entry doorway, signifying the passion for retreat. The plywood panels are temporarily attached securely at the existing railing height and then extend downward to retain the function of safety for those that need to use them as a support device. By keeping the functionality of the railing the piece can transform from an object of perception to one of physical touch and utility. - Greg BraunAbout the Artist: Greg Braun’s work has been exhibited in Maryland, Virginia, Washington, DC, and California. He lives and works in rural Hartwood, Virginia from a home he renovated that includes an office, workshop, and studio. His creative time is spent between creating artwork, designing custom CAD software programs and giving classroom instruction for various types of CAD software. After graduating from the Corcoran College of Art + Design with a major in sculpture, he continued making studio art and exhibiting work at local galleries in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. He worked for several fabrication facilities, including a neon sculpture studio, until taking up a long-term career as a cabinetmaker for custom cabinetry and millwork shops in Northern Virginia. He has also worked on many exhibit fabrication projects for national museums, science centers, and corporate exhibits. In 1990, Greg began teaching himself to use AutoCAD computerized drafting software and studying the history of Mid-Century Modern architecture through web sites, books, and site visits of selected works. His current body of work is an extension of these long-term architectural pursuits, creating wall mounted sculptures and site-specific installations that entice viewers into experiencing a new architectural topography.