The Construction of Art
Vanguard at the Armory
A rapid assemblage of metal scaffolding and donated or scavenged construction and traffic mitigation materials were used to carve gallery spaces for a group art show in the endangered Cranston Street Armory.
The challenge of the exhibition was to mediate between the soaring open web trusses and heroics of the 38,000 sf structure and the smaller scale of the art. The scaffolding slices diagonally across the grain of the drill hall, it’s vertical elements punching up through the massive volume of space to anchor the exhibit and lock back in to the existing structure. This project was achieved through partnerships with the Vanguard Group of Artists, the Convergence International Art Festival and the Providence Preservation Society.