“Cubicle”

Photo courtesy of the artist and Rice University Art Gallery Jonathan Schipper, Slow Inevitable Death of American Muscle, 2008

Office spaces are usually bo-ring, so at first glance, Jonathan Schipper’s “Cubicle” might seem unremarkable. It’s not. Over the course of its two-month run, Schipper’s 40-by-44-foot office cube reproduction will collapse because all the elements — the staple remover, a computer, a Rolodex, the office chairs — are hooked to strings that are attached to a mechanical winch that’s concealed behind the wall. The winch will slowly pull the items inward until everything dogpiles on itself. The work is part of the Brooklyn-based artist’s “Slow Room” series; one of his previous installations re-created a super-duper slow-motion car crash. (It took a month for the cars to crash.) “You might at first think you’re looking at a completely placid and static room. Only if you look closer, you’ll see things are being pulled off the wall,” says Josh Fischer, assistant curator at Rice University Art Gallery, about the installation. “It goes against your expectations. It’s art that slowly destroys itself.”

There’s an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. October 6, with a gallery talk by Schipper at 6 p.m. Another gallery talk and luncheon begin at noon October 7, with a complimentary light lunch for those in attendance.

Continuing 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays; noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Through December 4. 6100 Main. For information, call 713-348-6069 or visit ricegallery.org. Free.

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