An opening reception will be held on Friday, Oct. 21, for “[Fake] Fake Estates: Revisiting Gordon Matta-Clark’s Fake Estates,” an exhibit by Martin Hogue in the Davis Gallery at Houghton House. The exhibit runs through Monday, Nov. 7.
Hogue spent several months systematically canvassing Queens, N.Y., for residual properties similar to the 14 parcels purchased there and documented by Matta-Clark in 1975. Best known for his spatially dynamic extractions of large sections of walls and floors from abandoned buildings, Matta-Clark, one of the most important American conceptual artists of the 1970s, had purchased the Queens properties with the goal of highlighting neglected architectural environments that make up the urban and suburban fabric. In “[Fake] Fake Estates,” Hogues’ drawings, collages and photographs articulate those moments when conventions for establishing the location and the precise boundaries of a site produce a conceptual “excess of surveying,” inviting speculation as to the value and purpose of land and revealing the conceptual potential of “real” sites-even small and unusable ones (a 1/8″ x 110′ property, among others) without architectural potential.
The William Munsey Kennedy Jr. Fellow at SUNY’s Department of Landscape Architecture in the College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Hogue is a licensed architect who has taught at several schools including Syracuse University, Auburn University, and the University of Nebraska. His site projects, which combine efforts in teaching, scholarly research, and design, are informed by a rich and diverse body of ideas and influences ranging from architecture to conceptual art, land art, landscape, geography, and film. A graduate of the Université de Montréal Ecole d’Architecture and Harvard University Graduate School of Design, he has recently completed a master of landscape architecture at the University of Toronto, bringing full-circle his interest in the integration of architecture and landscape architecture in both teaching and installation projects.
Hogue’s site research was supported with residencies at the MacDowell Colony, the Center for Land Use Interpretation, and the Canadian Center for Architecture. His research has appeared in 306090, Architecture-Québec, Dichotomy, Landscape Journal, Numéro, Pidgin, Places, Thresholds, and the Journal of Architectural Education. Hogue’s work has been exhibited at a number of venues across the country including the Urban Center in New York, the Ohio State University, and the University of Texas as Austin. He is currently at work on a book titled “Camping and the Fantasy of Nature: Sites, Systems and Situations on the Edge.“
The opening reception will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Davis Gallery at Houghton House, 1 Kings Lane. The exhibit will be available during regular gallery hours, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information call 315-781-3487.