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What’s to Come, 2013 – Alexander Squier

What’s to Come, 2013

What's to Come... took place at Fourth Wall Project at 132 Brookline Ave in Boston, and responded to the changes occurring in the immediate vicinity (the newly rebranded Fenway Triangle), as well as the impending transformation or demolition of the building that housed Fourth Wall itself. During my initial research of 132 Brookline, I found the structure's past uninspiring, and instead chose to focus on the most recent document in the city's records. This (above) was a letter to the building's owners indicating that it had no historical worth, and could be demolished. The screen printed installations in the front gallery were meant to speak to and even poeticize the moment of the destruction of the space. The far wall, composed of exposed cinder blocks painted white, features layers of printed cinder blocks, sampling directly from the wall behind and exploding forth while maintaining the order that bricks tend to follow. The purple and grey spiral of crumpled cmyk prints is a repeat of a photographic sample of its origin on the worn concrete floor.

The installations are accompanied by pairs of framed screen prints, a passive homage to structures that once neighbored 132 Brookline Ave and defined the visual and commercial makeup of the area. The Fenway Carwash, Goodyear Garage, and Ace Ticket Office were not extant and are based on images from Google Earth's archives. The second of each pair superimposes an illustration of what occupied the site at the time of this exhibit: construction netting, scaffolding, and blue tyvek. Today, those sites are a Marriot Hotel, and a development of luxury condominiums and lofts.


Category: Print-stallationsSite-based / Public