The Vinyl Milford House is an art-installation commissioned to Wexler in 1994 by the Katonah Museum of Art in New York. The artist’s point of departure was the Vinyl Milford, a prefabricated, vinyl-coated, sheet metal storage shed found in a typical American suburban backyard, which was manufactured by Arrow Industries and transported to the desired locations within a 13cmX76cmX182cm box. Wexler transformed the shed into a compact guesthouse with a very theatrical functionality. The limited space within could not facilitate the simultaneous accommodation of a bedroom, a dining room, a kitchen and a bathroom, so a very minimal selection of furniture and utensils, that represented each room’s purpose, was grouped and pushed out of the main space and into the surrounding walls, creating ghost-like, shaped bulges in the structure’s exterior. The main interior space was left empty, yet ready to be used as a stage for performing everyday activities, one at a time, by sliding-in the objects associated with it. In the artist’s words, “you could empty the space depending on what function you needed, and because it made you aware of those decisions and details, it ritualized those everyday actions.”
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