“Framework 1”

2018

Mdf, glue, screws, putty

12” x 15” x 12”

David Schafer

This series, both the wood and print versions, are based on earlier drawings of imagined or improvised spaces. These depictions of space became about something larger that permeates our culture, of the infrastructures, the organized spaces that we occupy and hold. The Frameworks were re-proportioned based on the Golden Section theory of harmonic ratios. The complexity of mathematics, the data analytics, and harmonies are used to create and maintain social, political, and economic relations. These specific mathematical relationships are ratios, and in a Neoliberal state, shifts from people to ratios, these are the rules and principles behind this math. Society is organized according to statistically calculated ratios, and the relationships among those ratios, these are the principals of a Neoliberal social order, where it is believed that society works best when people and institutions are shaped to work according to market principles. If the Frameworks evoke built space that one could occupy such as homes, schools, hospitals, offices, condos, or prisons, then a grouping of them may suggest a city as a ratio-ized development with rules of exclusion based on Neoliberal concepts of the market. The other consideration with Frameworks is the concept of the uncanny, including domesticity and the residue of family history and nostalgia. There is a lack of orientation in these open structures, and in some cases, elements are doubled. The formal structures are empty with no fixed contents but express the nature of an architectural semiology, windows, screens, doors, and the play of forms. These constructed spaces are blurred between the physical and the mental, memory theaters and the hollow spaces of capitalism. The social relations created, both the physical relations among people, and the abstractions about how we should relate, are conceived and remade in terms of mathematical ratios. Statistics are the mathematical instrument used to measure, manage, and enforce those relations, and society is constructed to embody the specific kind of mathematical relationship statistical norms express, and social relations become rationalized.