Brandon Nastanski
Cabin of CuriosityCabin of CuriosityCabin of CuriosityCabin of Curiosity
Cabin of Curiosity
I think as an adult I’m still to some extent building forts and living in a fantasy world, trying to create spaces that allow the viewer to leave one place and enter another. In my Cabin of Curiosity an installation I created in my studio earlier this year, I found all of these impulses coming together. Within my 10 X 14 foot studio I created a whole other world. As you step through the studio door you find yourself on a small wood porch. There is a rocking chair and a small flower box on the window of a cabin with ivy growing out of it. The whole place has a feeling of a simpler time and place, like you have left the studio and left New York and gone to some small cabin in the woods somewhere in the south. Off of the porch there is a small yard with real grass and plants growing. If you listen closely you can hear crickets singing in the space. This sound comes from a wood box with a mysterious black front mounted to the wall. On top of the box are a couple of speakers where the singing is coming from. Inside the box is a colony of crickets that have been miked to have their sounds projected into the space. A small stone path leads you from the porch and around the corner to where the cabin opens up, much like the set of a play. One wall of the cabin is missing and that is how you enter. In the cabin the viewer is confronted with an assortment of objects. Built into the wall are numerous shelves holding a wide variety of objects and artifacts, animal skulls and bones, dried flowers, candles, pictures, junk, little plastic toys, and kitch. There are doors on these shelves that open and close through a series of pulleys. The viewer is invited to pull the ropes to open and close the doors and to reveal for themselves these objects, to have the experience of discovery and to have their own memories and associations with these objects.