Ethan Worden, Simple Building of a Staggering Wreck
Simple Building of a Staggering Wreck is an evolving sculptural installation whose scaffold-like formal structure supports nothing but its own increasing volume and constantly teeters between immanent collapse and structural integrity. Worden uses cut and glued small-dimensioned lumber to create untenable structural arrangements based on common, recognizable objects and forms such as billboards and scaffolding. As a distinct formal cue for Simple Building of a Staggering Wreck, Worden uses images of structural forms demolished and devastated by natural disasters and human catastrophes. The project seeks to sustain a sense of deliberate and methodical construction while continuously pushing toward a manufactured chaos that strips the form of specific utility. Worden's work is a nod toward a labor of impracticality—a labor that produces only evidence of itself and the potential for ever more labor—a blatant self-interest that is a hallmark of both progress and cancerous growth.

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