Shell

2005

Situation with aluminum, acrylic and wood structure modifying existing architecture, New structure 7.5' x 9' x 6' approximately

Shell was a situation in which part of an existing windowed storefront is physically opened to the public, for use 24 hours a day. An enclosure resembling a transit shelter was built on the inside of the space, attached to the existing glass frontage, a pane of which was removed in order to create free access to the new structure from the street. Now given over to the public sphere, the area inside the shelter became an in-between, layered space. It offered shelter, but uneasily, remaining part of the interior space while serving as a recognizable public form (bus shelter). It also exposes the vulnerability of the private space — not so much for the physical breach (which is only a matter of square metres lent), but more through our recognizing the fragility of our notions of safety, property, and propriety.

Materials sponsor: Surrey Fluid Power Ltd.; research assistance and technical advice: Dave Kemp; installation assistance: Michael Bryden and Jim Strong

Solo Exhibitions: Germaine Koh: Shell, Jan-Feb 2005.
Catalogues & Books: Monika Szewczyk, Germaine Koh: Shell, 2005. Read
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Artsy! Dartsy! editors, Artsy! Dartsy!, 17 Feb 2009. PDF
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Samir Gandesha, essay, 2009. PDF
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Earl Miller, C Magazine, Autumn 2006. PDF
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Kyla Mallett, C Magazine, Summer 2005. PDF
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Danna Vajda, Broken Pencil online, May 2005.
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Christopher Brayshaw, Georgia Straight, 27 Jan 2005.

Germaine Koh, Shell, 2005, situation with aluminum, acrylic and wood structure modifying existing architecture. View from interior, Catriona Jeffries Gallery, Vancouver, 2005. Photo: Germaine Koh.