Imprint of Place
More breakage appears in three large photos of abandoned and dilapidated Highland Park structures photographed by Detroit artist quartet Object Orange, a group that paints abandoned homes bright orange. The center photo (pictured) shows a garish trio of orange-painted structures stranded in a weed-stubbled snowfield. The leftward building, its windows dark voids, nevertheless retains an intactness that suggests it could be handymanned into a livable house. Its adjacent structure, with a warped roof, is halfway to ruin, and the rightward building, half collapsed, reveals dull gray interior walls decades removed from the humblest adornment. The street-cone-orange paint added to the facade suggests a combined warning to avoid the structures and visual summons to remember the lives they once contained.
The same siren orange appears in woven straps binding together penicillin-green drywall panels forming a waist-high plinth for a five-by-eighteen-inch wooden model of a narrow house. Mankouche's Home for One Person offers an architectural mock-up half-walled with paper. Built of frail scale-model beams, the work resembles in its incompleteness the nearby photos of collapsed houses.
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