Michael Hockam visited with Gary Deirmendjian last week. Gary has created an exceptional piece from….a shipping container! Shipping Container Art showcases the versatile use of shipping containers.
We’ll let Gary describe it:
“A 20ft long shipping container is presented as monolithic architecture in steel. It stands dynamically poised in the landscape. The structure is supported underground in its skewed stance, with one foundation corner pressed into the earth, while the other three remain raised.
A narrow passage cut through its shell allows entry into a dark inner space, lit naturally from above due to one container door held partially open. The space is intimate, and in the darkness the eye is immediately drawn upwards towards the light. Juxtaposed against this light and the increasingly apparent network of inner lines, lies a wooden pallet horizontally suspended – out of reach. There is a strong sense of vertigo…
The container and pallet are both actual and used readymades, that are strategically combined and poised to activate the work conceptually.
Having functioned as one, and for some time, the container now rests in a state of stable decay with a unique patina imbued with an arrived at character. Its scars and failings are a testament to this.
fallen temple postulates an abandonment scenario. This regarding the evermore intense and broad efforts aimed at creating appetite for the consumption of stuff. Stuff produced in quantities well beyond any real need and at a cost far beyond the accountable. Some question the sustainability of the widespread and increasingly blatant attitude in distilling any central justification down to purely economic factors.
The work suggests an abandoned house of worship that appears to have long ceased to deliver the very faith that brought it into being. Its shell is dilapidated and its altar hangs bare.“