barbara claussen | art

Seven and One Half


In Seven and One Half, my project for the Rochester Art Center, text from an unresolved decades-long land dispute lined two walls set up in opposition to each other. The space between the two walls was seven and one half feet, the width of the contested property in the legal altercation. The volume of text, 25 feet long and seven and a half feet high, referenced the acerbic nature of the legal case between a municipality and landowners living next to the city's public park. A questioning of truth deconstructed the supposed veracity of the words. A myriad of quotations from newspaper accounts, legal papers, and court documents signified the expenditure of resources that went into the conflict without a resolution. They were selected because they are archetypes for words used in other public and private land disputes where there is an imbalance of power.