“In the situation of supermodernity, part of this exterior is made of non-places, and parts of the non-places are made of images.”
— Marc Auge, Non Places: An Anthropology to Supermodernity
The May Gallery is proud to present “Wessel Castle”, an exhibition from the archives of Alli Miller and Trey Burns. A portmanteau of Tom Wesselmann and White Castle, “Wessel Castle” is an ongoing collaborative archive from our travels and commutes into the megatexture of the American landscape. With a nod to the legacy of pop art and culture jamming, we examine sign culture within the grammar of public space through the framing of that which is liminal, hyperbolic, and humorous. Through the act of collection, we create typologies in order to explore their possibilities.
These images explore the ferment of message within the sign-scape. In turn, sculptural works draw parallel between the advertisement space and that of the gallery as a place for appraisal. As site, sign and pedestal share a tendency to mimic the “lived spaces” of the real in order to create new, often perverse, meaning. These hybridized forms invert the conceit of muséal display with the improvised style present in local and handmade signage.
AN ELEPHANTINE TEPEE SERVES ESPRESSO ROADSIDE, TRADING ITS SKIN FOR A STUCCO SHELL
A WAFFLE HOUSE, SHUTTERED BECAUSE OF A SHIFTING DEMOGRAPHIC, NOW BOASTS TOP DOLLAR FOR YOUR GOLDJEWELRY
A PAINTING SLUNG ON AN ABANDONNED SHIPPING CONTAINER REFLECTS THE METAPHYSICS OF ITS SURROUNDS