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Double Sided, 1996

This work consists of two early installations related to each other, which are sequential in time and differentiated in space: Double Sided, Part I, April 1996 – installation held at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas, in the studio of the American minimalist artist Donald Judd, conceived from the work and interior of the “Owl House”, home of the South African artist Helen Martins; Double Sided, Part II, January 1997 – installation at the Ibis Art Centre in Nieu Bethesda, (South Africa), home/studio of Helen Martins, based on the work and interior of Donald Judd’s architectural office in Marfa.

Bearing in mind that the installations were temporary events and what remains of them is their photographic documentation, the work takes on a form of its own each time it is presented. Thus, from the moment the two installations could become simultaneous, this condition became the determining factor of their meaning and each time this happens there is a new work: Double Sided. The fixation on a given configuration of some of these versions not only does not exhaust the project but constitutes a mark of its becoming. Part of the project is the publication of a book that has not yet materialised.

*The books are: Anne Emslie, The Owl House, Johannesburg, Viking, 1991; Peter Noever (ed.), Donald Judd: Architecture, Ostfildern-Ruit, Hatje Cantz, 2003.