OOSI Sculpture

Door

1986 / Gene Kangas / Cleveland

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Door surrealistically zooms into existence from the ground and presents us with an enigmatic domestic scene. 5 abstracted door frames made from solid metal sheets rise from right to left one by one, as if growing out of the ground. Perpendicular to the final frame, is a life-sized door frame, complete with a swung open the door. The door has the top half of a cross carved out of it, and the bottom shares the shape of the dress the woman is wearing.

That woman is a silhouette. She wears a sun hat and flowery dress and stands in the doorway accompanied by the silhouette of a young boy with a baseball mitt and bat. A cat reclines on the doorway above them, facing a bird that's perched on the perpendicular "door frame" lowest to the ground. Behind the entire scene. set about 6 feet off, is a silhouetted man carrying some sort of box beneath his arm.

Playing in two opposite planes, Kangas challenges our perception of direction and space. In a space where people read left to right, the action in this sculpture reads best right to left, but so much detail and story is lost by going to the back of the statue and reading it the other way. The viewer is left to ask who these people are? Is the man inside the house, or outside? The viewer might notice that the exchange of gazes is incomplete: the boy looks at the woman, the woman looks towards the man, and then man faces completely away looking at nothing.

Door evokes feelings of unease, tension, anxiety, and discomfort.

Location: On a hill next to the Sciences and Research Building., 2351 Euclid Avenue

County

: Cuyahoga

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Citation

: Gene Kangas, “Door,” Ohio Outdoor Sculpture Inventory, accessed June 23, 2017, http://oosi.sculpturecenter.org/items/show/336.

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Title

Door

Description

Door surrealistically zooms into existence from the ground and presents us with an enigmatic domestic scene. 5 abstracted door frames made from solid metal sheets rise from right to left one by one, as if growing out of the ground. Perpendicular to the final frame, is a life-sized door frame, complete with a swung open the door. The door has the top half of a cross carved out of it, and the bottom shares the shape of the dress the woman is wearing.

That woman is a silhouette. She wears a sun hat and flowery dress and stands in the doorway accompanied by the silhouette of a young boy with a baseball mitt and bat. A cat reclines on the doorway above them, facing a bird that's perched on the perpendicular "door frame" lowest to the ground. Behind the entire scene. set about 6 feet off, is a silhouetted man carrying some sort of box beneath his arm.

Playing in two opposite planes, Kangas challenges our perception of direction and space. In a space where people read left to right, the action in this sculpture reads best right to left, but so much detail and story is lost by going to the back of the statue and reading it the other way. The viewer is left to ask who these people are? Is the man inside the house, or outside? The viewer might notice that the exchange of gazes is incomplete: the boy looks at the woman, the woman looks towards the man, and then man faces completely away looking at nothing.

Door evokes feelings of unease, tension, anxiety, and discomfort.

Creator

Date

1986

Sculpture Item Type Metadata

Location City

Location County

Location Site

On a hill next to the Sciences and Research Building.

Location Street

2351 Euclid Avenue

Creation Date

01/01/1986