Apartment 5, Clearlake Hotel. Untitled III, 2014
Apartment 5, Clearlake Hotel. Untitled II, 2014
Apartment 5, Clearlake Hotel. Untitled I, 2014
 The main focus of the exhibition lies in the building itself working as an integral part of the artworks exhibited. Clearlake is a tired, run down hotel with dated and shabby interiors. When walking through this labyrinth environment what strikes us as artists is how the building feels like a heaving, fragile, unstable and decaying body, possibly taking its last breath. The airless apartments have peeling wallpaper, exhausted and greasy kitchens, leaking taps and humming bathrooms.  The auratic feel is one of the building breaking down, much like a human body and mind can as it ages over its lifespan. In ‘The Last Breath’ sixteen artists explore the relationship between the building and the interior of a human body by dissecting it, looking inward and mirroring and reflecting the architecture of the hotel.   The hotel will be made anthropomorphic, conceptually assigning each apartment with a bodily function or part, for example, the nervous system, the lungs, bodily fluids, the cerebral cortex, the bowels, the sexual organs, the heart etc. Visitors will be able to interact with the space and experience it; lie on the beds, sit on the sofas, watch videos on the television etc. Questions will inevitably be raised about who slept in that bed or sat in that chair in such transient spaces as these apartments. The hotel becomes open to the senses and is felt as a unique experience to the viewer that can be smelt, heard, seen and even tasted. As Bernard Tschumi writes, “buildings only truly come alive on the point of collapse”.
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