"BUILD TO SUIT"
SITE / WESTERN UNION/ HAINES GALLERY SF.
WAYNE ZEBZDA'S ART
"The Haines gallery held an exhibit in an abandoned Western Union office. Artists were allowed to use existing discarded artifacts from the site. I set up an office environment with a receptionists desk. (A receptionist would sit at it during the exhibit ). A new wall was constructed right through the furniture and equipment, dividing it in two . It had a dreamlike quality , as if the typewriters and desks were melting into the wall.
I was trying to address the transient nature of business today , make the site feel as if everyone moved on in a hurry and left everything behind. Years later we had the dot com exodus in San Francisco. When I was younger it seemed as if buildings and businesses lasted forever. They were landmarks giving one a sense of comfort. They gave you a bearing and some history to keep inside you. . Your father worked at a place and his before him etc...today these structures seem more malleable , fragile, unstable, forever being changed or replaced. It's often unsettling." Wayne Zebzda 1992
One thing that sticks out in my mind is the opening reception by the Haines Gallery.
A good friend was leaning against my installation with arm outstretched and he said...
"where is your installation?"
It was so obvious yet invisible in it's simplicity.