Destructive Architectural Response

Robert Catalusci, Steve Knauff

Destructive Architectural Response

January 5-February 1, 1990

Opening Reception: Fri, Jan 5th: 7-9pm.

Destructive Architectural Response is a huge, coliseum-like structure filling the gallery. The artists have combined scavenged timbers from burned crack houses with military/industrial building materials to create what they describe as ‘ artificial rendering of the economic systems which manufacture crack, its distribution, the attempted enforcement, and finally, its consumption.’ Concentric ovals of charred wood, metal studs and fluorescent lights create an arena enclosing office fragments that ‘contain representations of the social systems perpetuating their own explosive self destruction.’ 

This installation uses architecture to comment on the structure of the drug trade and its dependence on government support.