My Love For You Burns All the Time was an exhibition of "Piranesian Bling" staged at the Soloway Gallery. Assembling a series of silver plated replicas depicting sublime architectural obsolescence from Detroit's iconic Packard Plant, the collection abstracted and reveals the notorious post-industrial behemoth’s chimerical appeal.
The constellation of derelict miniatures produced for the exhibit suggests that the Packard Plant’s stature and industrial uselessness secures its self-referential monumentality. At a precarious moment in the building’s history, as buzz about imminent demolition continued to grow, the work served as commentary on contemporary fascination with representations of decay and the value of neglected sites in the collective optic. Included in the exhibition, alongside handsome reproductions of cropped remains, a three dimensional sectional model from Albert Kahn’s original drawings. Also shown are a video and a fully-illustrated catalog.
MY LOVE FOR YOU BURNS ALL THE TIME, 2012
Williamsburgh, Brooklyn, NY
Jean Louis Farges
Thanks and support:
Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning, University of Michigan