It is the influence of Yona Friedman’s system of building after WWII; “when acute housing shortages and ruined economies required immediate and radical solutions. Like his colleagues Frey Otto and Buckminster Fuller, Friedman began his work designing lightweight structures (space-defining elements) for the urban environment. Friedman’s contribution maximized the freedom of the inhabitant to determine the dwelling’s design.” My recent works are a multiplicity of large-scale foam-core hanging structures, onto which I project and then cutout the facades of different international housing projects. These become visual growth structures for various ambiguous situations. The works address the physicality of the space they occupy; continually eluding to movement and forcing the audience to move in dislocating ways. The structures become a never-ending flux based situation thrust upon its temporary inhabitants.
I have received an Emerging Artist Award from Socrates Sculpture Park in NYC (2002/3) in addition to several artist residencies in Salzburg, Austria, Berlin, Germany, Trondheim, Norway, Stein am Rhein, Switzerland and Action Art Actuel, Centre d’Artistes Autogere Residency, Quebec. In 2007/8, I was awarded a LMCC Swing Space residency/grant as well as a Pollock-Krasner grant. Solo and group shows include Amsterdam, Geneva; Zagreb (among others) as well as having been published in Revue Urbanisme, the New Yorker and Cabinet Magazine. In addition, in 2009, I have had solo shows at Solo Gallery in Tel Aviv and Zaum Projects in Lisbon and completed a new installation for “Projects ‘09” at the Islip Museum. Currently I am an Artist in Residence at the Abrons Art Center in the Lower East Side in New York City. www.caitlinmasley.com