new-york

Blake Rayne

Miguel Abreu Gallery | Orchard Street

In planning the Blue Tower, a luxury-condominium complex on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, Bernard Tschumi Architects faced, according to the firm’s website, a particular challenge: “to create an original architectural statement while simultaneously maximizing the zoning envelope.” To meet this challenge, the architects designed the structure to cantilever over the commercial space to the south so that its upper floors are larger than its footprint but within its sanctioned “envelope.” The Blue Tower thereby redefines a squat tenement-building skyline by pushing up against its confines. In Blake Rayne’s second exhibition at nearby Miguel Abreu Gallery, however, the building lay flat, under glass, in the form of an architectural rendering. In the tower itself, square footage and monetary value have been inflated to the highest numbers possible; in Rayne’s appropriation, they have been

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