background: 4366 Ohio Street Living Room detail
a separate project in the foreground: 4366 Ohio Street Prospectus, 2012; edition of 200 in letterpress printed by New Byzantium, Los Angeles
4366 Ohio Street is a sculpture, but one that is published. It is a full-scale, paper reconstruction of a house in southern California that is being published, room by room, as a series of eleven print editions. The house comprises a total of eleven rooms and outdoor spaces, each to be produced in a different publication. Because each publication has different parameters, each room has a completely different appearance from the others. This heterogeneity underscores the construction method: a room for 4366 Ohio Street is made only within the confines of a predetermined, two-dimensional space.
The conditions of a specific publication determine an individual edition’s size, printing method, dimensions, paper, and color. An edition is developed by dividing the selected room’s surface area—walls, ceiling, floor—into a grid with hundreds or even thousands of cells of equal size. The dimensions and total number of the cells are calculated so that a single cell is printed or inserted in every copy of the publication. An edition consists of the printed pages or inserts of these cells at 1:1 scale, accompanied by a diagram of the room in which every cell has been assigned a number. Each print bears a hand-stamped number corresponding with that of a cell in the diagram, and designating its specific placement in the room’s overall construction. The number and singular location make each print unique.
If all the printed cells for a room were assembled according to the diagram they would form a sculpture of that room, but this is an unlikely event. The prints are dispersed as part of a publication’s normal distribution process, causing them to be owned by people who in most cases are unknown to me or to each other. The closer I get to finishing the house, the more fragmented it becomes, structurally and geographically. The work, which someday will be complete in principle, can never be completed in fact––that is, assembled into a whole all of whose elements are present at once.
The actual 4366 Ohio Street is the house where I grew up and that my parents never owned. They rented it for nearly 30 years, the length of a mortgage.
4366 Ohio Street Bathroom, 2013
published on inside front and back covers of Demolition Woman catalogue, Guggenheim Gallery at Chapman University
ink on paper; 197 prints, each 12 x 17 in / 30 x 43 cm; overall bathroom dimensions 96 x 72 x 84 in / 2.4 x 1.5 x 2.1 m
4366 Ohio Street Living Room, 2012
published by Commonwealth & Council, Los Angeles, CA
printed by New Byzantium, Los Angeles, CA
silkscreen and hand-stamped ink on paper; 202 prints, each 24 x 24 in. / 61 x 61 cm; overall living room dimensions: 96 x 192 x 144 in. / 2.4 x 4.9 x 3.7 m.
4366 Ohio Street Garage, 2008
published on pages 118-119 of the 2008 California Biennial catalogue, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
ink on paper; 2496 prints, each 6 x 8 in. / 15 x 20 cm.; overall garage dimensions: 96 x 144 x 192 in. / 2.4 x 3.7 x 4.9 m.
In the above image, the garage is diagrammed as if it were unfolded like a six-sided box. This layout is applied to most of the diagrams that follow.
4366 Ohio Street Hallway, 2008
Xerox and hand-stamped ink on paper; 252 prints, each 12 x 12 in. / 30 x 30 cm.; overall hallway dimensions: 96 x 96 x 36 in. / 244 x 244 x 91 cm.
4366 Ohio Street Patio, 2006
published in North Drive Press #3, New York, NY
Diazo print, hand-stamped ink on paper; 518 prints, each 8 x 10 in. or 8 x 16 in. / 20 x 25 or 20 x 41 cm.; overall patio dimensions: 96 x 180 x 120 in. / 2.5 x 4.6 x 3 m.
Transfer (4366 Ohio Street dining room), 2004
waxed paper, transfer paper, Xerox on paper; 468 elements, each 11 x 17 in. / 28 x 43 cm.; overall room dimensions: 96 x 108 x 120 in. / 2.4 x 2.7 x 3 m.