Phenomenon, Thing, Soul, Fiction, God – I Always Imagined The Subject as Some Object Other Than Myself

Phenomenon, Thing, Soul, Fiction, God – I Always Imagined The Subject as Some Object Other Than Myself, 2014

Garrett Nelson

Sinopale 5, “Clusters and Crystals: Observing at Point Zero”
Curator: Dimitrina Sevova

Phenomenon, Thing, Soul, Fiction, God – I Always Imagined the Subject As Some Object Other Than Myself is a room sized photographic print hung in overlapping rolls that extend onto the floor. It was originally shown at Kunsthalle Bern in 2010 in the Oberlichtsaal. It depicts a commercial and residential building in the American Midwest that had been adaptively reused as a Gospel Church. At the Sinop Biennial it is squeezed into the largest room of the defunct Hotel Istanbul.

Four new tires are stacked next to the photograph where the street in the image merges with the floor of the room. They are coated in silicone spray so that they glisten with a small table lamp illuminating them.

On the wall opposite the large photograph is a smaller framed photograph of similarly stacked tires from an online advertisement. The frame has two-way mirror glass so that when it is seen straight on it reflects the photograph of the building, the street and the viewer.