Lobby Finale: Kneeling Reprise

After two years of facilitating site-specific exhibitions in the run-down lobby of a hotel in Vancouver’s impoverished Downtown Eastside, UWHAH decided to use the exhibition wall itself to convey their resignation in from the project. Overlapping Christmas displays, alcohol regulations, domestic disputes and loud rock shows at the neighboring bar during contemplative opening nights had made Lobby Gallery too much of a headache to operate, so the wall was reassembled into a bench resembling, in profile, a kneeling figure; the cantilevered design attributed to the chairs of Mart Stam or Marcel Breuer. Along with the shamelessly symbolic act of conducting a wall into submission they had also created seating – a long desired luxury during long receptions.