Coblentz says the Seattle-based artists were careful to spend a great amount of time in Phoenix and at SMoCA before conceptualizing Extended Collapse, which she describes as response to the context of SMoCA's gallery space -- both past and present.
The work inhabits two of SMoCA's spaces; a glowing marquee and abandoned ticket booth stand one of the gallery rooms; another room houses ceramic movie seats surrounded by shattered debris. Between the two rooms is a small walk-in video space where visitors can watch the artists' first major video installation.
"What Annie and Dan feel very strongly about is that Extended Collapse is not a criticim, but an exploration," says Coblentz.
She says the work is a reflection of the building's history (as the location used to house a movie theater), and a commentary on the culture and environment in Scottsdale and around the country.
Extended Collapse is the museum's second installment of the Architecture + Art series, which commissions artists to enter and respond to the Scottsdale space. In 2010, SMoCA hosted a site-specific installation by local architects, Cy Keener and Jay Atherton.
Hear Coblentz tell the story of the sculpture, video, and installation work at 6:30 p.m at SMoCA, 7374 E. Second St. in Scottsdale. For more information, see the SMoCA website.
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