new-york

Krzysztof Wodiczko

Hal Bromm Gallery

The dialectical forces of stasis and change, continuity and abrupt transformation have formed all cities throughout history, but in the contemporary city the proportion of stability to change has become inverted. The solid, fixed imagery of the physical city has yielded in the late 20th century to conditions that are more mercurial—neither solid nor fluid. Krzysztof Wodiczko, through his aggressive yet ephemeral interventions, seeks to clarify and disrupt architecture’s role in the evolution of the urban environment. Since the late ’70s Wodiczko has been pursuing this goal by staging theatrical projections of photographic images onto buildings, monuments, and, as in this installation, interior walls.

Here five of Wodiczko’s public projections from 1985 and 1986 were represented by a series of large color photographs and back-lighted transparencies. For the Venice Biennale in 1986, he

Sign-in to keep reading

Artforum print subscribers have full access to this article. If you are a subscriber, sign in below.

Not registered for artforum.com? Register here.

SUBSCRIBE NOW for only $50 a year—65% off the newsstand price—and get the print magazine plus full online access to this issue and our archive.*

Order the PRINT EDITION of the October 1987 issue for $17 or the ONLINE EDITION for $5.99.

* This rate applies to U.S. domestic subscriptions.