Catie Newell and Ian Strange | 345 Franklin| Vote Code 63559

Detroit, MI and Perth, Australia
House 2016

Artist Statement

345 Franklin reduces a standing house to a single sliver. It intervenes in the existing spatial mass in order to suggest a dramatic diminishing of interior space. The intervention contracts the house into its central interior through a set of visually simple but decisive cuts, rendering the interior radically open but functionally inaccessible.

The careful incisions of 345 Franklin are a direct reference to Gordon Matta- Clark’s Splitting (1974), and they gesture toward the negative space created in that seminal work by creating its inverse: a mass. As they prepare to demolish the house down to the central sliver, the artists plan to fully contract the space of the house by using the exposed interior sliver as a stand-alone sculptural work in the future.

Reflexión del Artista

345 Franklin es una intervención a gran escala construida específicamente en una casa existente, que plegará la casa en sí misma. Esta reconfiguración crea un espacio que está dentro y fuera de la casa al mismo tiempo. Mediante este movimiento espacial el interior de la casa se vuelve misterioso e inaccesible. 345 Franklin es una oportunidad para exponer las muchas dimensiones del compromiso humano con lo doméstico a través de la manipulación del simbolismo visual de la casa y de la transformación de sus volúmenes espaciales accesibles.


345 Franklin is the first collaboration between visual artist Ian Strange and artist / architect Catie Newell and is the starting point for an ongoing dialogue between the two.  Strange and Newell’s existing practices both experiment with domestic architecture globally through large-scale site-specific interventions. Informally the two have been speaking through their works for 3 years, but 345 Franklin is the first time they have directly collaborated.

Catie Newell
Catie Newell is the founding principal of the art and architecture practice *Alibi Studio and is Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Michigan. Newell’s work and research captures spaces and material effects, focusing on the development of atmospheres through the exploration of textures, volumes, and the effects of light and darkness.  In 2006 she won the SOM Prize for Architecture, Design and Urban Design. In 2011, Newell won the Architectural League Prize for Young Architects and Designers. In 2013-2014, she won the Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon Polsky Rome Prize in Architecture and she is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome.  Newell recently exhibited work at the 2012 Architecture Venice Biennale and the 2015 Lille3000 Triennial. Newell’s Salvaged Landscape won the 2011 ArtPrize juried Urban Space award.

Ian Strange
Ian Strange is an internationally-acclaimed artist whose work explores architecture, space and the home, alongside broader themes of disenfranchisement within the urban environment. Strange has held solo exhibitions at the National Gallery of Victoria and The Canterbury Museum, and participated in the 2014 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art at the Art Gallery of South Australia. In 2015, he created “SHADOW” a large-scale project incorporating suburban homes; and “ZŁOTY,” a site-specific intervention onto the exterior of a historical building, commissioned by the Intytucja Kultury, Katowice,Poland. In June 2016 he held a solo exhibition of his “SUBURBAN” body of work in New York with NYC-based arts organization Standard Practice. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Support generously provided by: Office of the Vice President of Research, University of Michigan; the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning; Frey Foundation Artist Seed Grant Program