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Isabelle Pauwels – Unfurnished Apartment for Rent

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Isabelle Pauwels – Unfurnished Apartment for Rent

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17 Jan, 2003 to 02 Mar, 2003

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Isabelle Pauwels investigates methods by which architecture determines social space and human relationships. By repositioning or removing certain architectural features such as walls, lights or ceilings, Pauwels had explored these questions in spatial or in model form. Unfurnished Apartment for Rent is a book-sculpture written as a mock screenplay and comprised of seven scenarios. In each scenario tenants are forced, through financial constraints, to assemble furniture by cutting pieces out of the walls of their apartments. By their very generation, the furnishings cannibalize the architectural shelter, in the process redefining the public/private boundaries between the apartments and the relationships between tenants. These scenarios unfold in a series of screenplays and IKEA style do-it-yourself instructions for the assembly of the seven living spaces.

Unfurnished Apartment for Rent is a bookwork that details, in seven screenplays, the interaction between a series of fictitious apartment dwellers. Forced through financial constraints to assemble furniture from the walls of their individual accommodations, these renters sacrifice more and more privacy as they cannibalize their dwellings for creature comforts.

Isabelle Pauwels is a Vancouver artist with an abiding interest in the relationship between architecture and social interaction. Crude models illustrate three of the apartments detailed in her bookwork scenarios. These models were shown on top of plinths constructed through the improvised, do-it-yourself techniques described in the screenplays.

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Isabelle Pauwels  



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82 pages

In collaboration with Vancouver’s Trapp Editions, the Contemporary Art Gallery published an artist’s bookwork by Isabelle Pauwels. Unfurnished Apartment for Rent details, in seven short screenplays, the interaction between a series of fictitious apartment dwellers. Forced through financial constraints to assemble furniture from the walls of their individual accommodations, these renters sacrifice more and more privacy as they cannibalize their dwellings for creature comforts. Pauwel’s bookwork was displayed in an installation designed by the artist in an exhibition at the Contemporary Art Gallery. Illustrations by Aaron Carpenter and Tyler Brett.

Produced and Edited by Trapp Editions, Vancouver. Published by The Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver. Edition of 500 selfcover copies. Edition of  50 cloth bound, hardcover, numbered and signed by the artist.

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