Banking the Unreasonable

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Banking the Unreasonable

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On May 18th, 2018, the historic Robert’s Shoes building at Lake and Chicago in Minneapolis caught fire and burned. The cause was never determined - all that’s known is that the fire started in the basement. It was unseasonably hot - record-breakingly hot, 100˚ in May - so it may have been an electrical fire resulting from too many tenants running air conditioners in the old building. The building was also for sale, and then not for sale. It was both extremely valuable as property and, perhaps, a bit of a liability (i.e. unsellable) as an old building. Now, a sign on the chainlink fence surrounding the razed site reads, “SITE AVAILABLE FOR DEVELOPMENT.” Theories abound.

The building housed artist studios, small businesses, and a recently-installed exhibition of my work, which was destroyed in the fire. Artists lost lifetimes of work, equipment, collections, and pets. The loss resonates in many directions: this fire not unrelated to California wildfires, immigrant and refugee crises, indigenous land rights, and multi-dimensional precarity. It happened in my neighborhood, around the corner from my house, and included my work, in which I was pointing to the oft-hated plants that overtake industrial wastelands and urban margins. I am making something of this loss as a parable for other loss, a hope that recording a feeling and a picture is a practice of making small repairs the fabric of reality.

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