Andrea Zittel, Pocket Properties, 2001
Zittels Pocket Property is a 44-ton island made up of fiberglass panels attached to a steel skeleton whose form is arbitrary and uncertain. Here land is a house. Zittel settled into this floating house to live there for a time and shot a film of the experience, a kind of watered-down version of her stay and pseudo-documentary. Andrea Zittel: «This Pocket Property functions both as a prototype for a livable habitat, ans as an investigation into the human need for private property. It is not a natural piece of land, nor is it a house nor is it a vehicle - and yet it functions as all three of these. It is aportable and habitable proerty - a special area in the earths surface which has the potential to create the sensations of security, stability and belonging.»
«Since moving back to my own home culture in the california suburbs, i have become increasingly aware of how land is «packaged» as a consumable product. Pocket Properties are another consumable land product available in infinite repetition just like cars off an assembly line. I msut confess that it is my ultimate fantasy to set the work adrift on the sea so taht at the end of our project it may become yet another part of the earths geography.»
« I want to show people that it is possible to become your own expert, to try to create your own experiments and to undersatnd the world in your own way.»
Lives and works in New York.
Andrea Zittels work has been the subject of several solo shows in 2002, at the Gallery Side 2 in Tokyo, the Philomene Magers Projekte in Munich, the Regen Projects in Los Angeles and the Andrea Rosen Gallery in New York, the gallery that represents the artist. Mr. Zittel has also been featured this year at Oslos Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst as part of the show Passenger: The Viewer as Participant, at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (Tempo) and at the Kunsthaus Zurich (Public Affairs).