Tavares Strachan

the luggage store gallery

Tavares Strachan’s Where We Are Is Always Miles Away, 2005–2006, is a deft, clever act of land use and creative shipping. The artist has removed a chunk of Connecticut sidewalk—from Crown Street, New Haven, to be exact—and sent it, via truck, to the San Francisco gallery Luggage Store. The project, while easy to describe, is an attention-getter invested with myriad implications. With Where We Are Is Always Miles Away, Strachan engages in a dialogue around global capitalism, personal mobility, and cultural displacement. His installation implies balkanization on physical, biographical, and political levels.

The work Where We Are Is Always Miles Away is literally a piece of a place, one with many associations. The patch of turf clearly acknowledges Strachan’s—rarified—experience of earning his MFA at Yale, but also alludes to New Haven’s urban grit. It’s an understated epic that recalls Christo

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