Livin’ for the Kitty
As with art, one may ask, what is the purpose of cats, and how can we assess their value? Unlike other domesticated animals, such as horses or cows, they have no specific function in contemporary American culture. Cats are unpredictable; they may be static, sleeping up to 20 hours a day, or highly active at times — sometimes late into the night. Unless one is involved in breeding or competitive showings, a cat’s value depends completely on personal, purely emotional, projection.
For this installation SIMPARCH was influenced by the Hartmann building’s interior—cozy carpet everywhere, even carpeted walls—and translated that into the gallery space. This intimate gallery seemed an appropriate place for small, tamed creatures to operate, play, and lounge. The result was a fuzzy cityscape that looks to “catastrophic urbanism” as inspiration. This potential catopia was designed with notions of poor planning and unrestrained development. Taking a cue from the Theater Department that occupies the building, this psuedo city was a stage set awaiting its performers.