Sterling Allen: Ready Made Houses

During his residency at Artpace San Antonio, artist Sterling Allen's created three identical miniature houses fashioned from objects purchased at yard sales and thrift stores, and even salvaged from dumpsters. Each includes many features that an actual home would have, though they are constructed from random
objects. An outdoor faucet sports a round weekly pill organizer in place of a handle. Wooden salad utensils serve as rooster-topped weathervanes. Each rooftop is covered in videocassettes dating from the 1980s to the present, in the same sequence on each home. Allen used an assembly line process to make each house “identical.” Through repetition and the use of recycled materials, the artist questions the nature of readymades, and the influence of visual association.



Find out more about Sterling's work here.