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TO NOV. 29
stud(wall): a constructure in three acts
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By the time Brian Balderston’s stud(wall) is finished, it will be almost unfinished. The artist built a small room that just fit inside the slightly larger room that is Transformer, an arts space in the block that used to be known for the Vegas Lounge but now has a Mrs. Fields cookie outlet. A member of the Decatur Blue arts collective who’s working on an MFA at the San Francisco Art Institute, Balderston calls the piece a “constructure,” but it could just as aptly be termed a deconstructure. Erected with metal, Sheetrock, and raw-wood supports, the piece originally hid a series of digital photographs of another construction project: Moscone West, which is part of a massive redevelopment project in San Francisco’s South of Market district. As the walls came down, the photos were revealed: stark views of what looks to be unfinished drywall, all beige and gray at first but actually dappled with pinks, reds, and greensfound impressionism in the guise of minimalism. By this weekend, the framework will be down, leaving only the photographs and the materials, stacked on the floor. (At least that’s where the Sheetrock and screws were last Saturday.) Don’t worry that you’ve missed something, though. According to Balderston, “It’s not meant to be regressive or progressive. It’s just process.” And you can watch videos of the deconstruction that show what was once there and add an element of slapstick to this mostly deadpan undertaking. The show is on view from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, to Saturday, Nov. 29, at Transformer, 1404 P St. NW. Free. (202) 483-1102. (Mark Jenkins)