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Michael Sorkin

Michael Sorkin’s Model City, 1989, is a project about urban form and growth, both prescriptive and spontaneous. But it is also about interior space, about the articulation and violation of the space in which the viewer encounters art. The project works both as a conceptual model, a tactile manifestation of inquiry, and as an object in space. While the urban research and propositions are competent and promising, the project’s most startling and original quality is its aggressive occupation of space. Ironically, the installation succeeds more as architecture than as speculation about architecture.

The work consists of a 16-foot-square slab of wood, one that stretched the dimensions of the small room in which it was installed. A large circle is articulated on the surface of the slab; some axes originate from the circle, others simply cross and overlap it. Beyond the circle, a random matrix of

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