• Ruta Kalmane Saksens

THE DOG HOUSE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

In relation with the third topic we were asked to make a model gallery space and ‘install’ some of our work from the Sustainable Strategies module so far, using any available materials (or digitally).


Fig. 1: Saksens 2021. The Dog House Museum of Modern Art [short trailer]


I decided to ‘rent’ an existing gallery space from my dog Lexi where to host my three exhibitions related to the work made so far in this module. I didn’t influence the physical characteristics of the space such as the height of the ceiling, the shape or square meters of the space. In a real life situation I wouldn’t be able to influence these factors either, if I was to have an exhibition in any existing museum or art gallery. Much like in a real museum where windows are often covered with something not to let the light into (direct sunlight damages artwork), the Dog House gallery doesn’t have any windows or direct sunlight coming in (apart from the entrance, but in my defence it is located in a shade), therefore artificial light was installed (never thought the Christmas tree decoration box will be useful in June).

Fig. 2: Saksens 2021. The Dog House Museum of Modern Art [photographic image]


So what does the space contain? Firstly, it is divided into three parts set up on the three main walls of the dog house. Each of the exhibitions contains a short description, and each artwork (19 in total) is complemented with a title. The interactive exhibition allows a viewer to scan QR codes incorporated in a few works and listed to some dog voices. Also, there are two videos being shown and a short story attached to the ceiling. Lastly, the dog yarn is used to emphasize that artwork should be looked at from a distance and not to be touched (as in don't cross the line).


LIST OF FIGURES


Figure 1: SAKSENS, Ruta. 2021. The Dog House Museum of Modern Art [short trailer]. Private collection: Ruta Saksens.

Figure 1: SAKSENS, Ruta. 2021. The Dog House Museum of Modern Art [photographic image]. Private collection: Ruta Saksens.

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