Ramon’s Tailor

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Ode to Merzbau: W.C. No. 3

Marty McCutcheon, 2012


Currently on display in the W.C. at Ramon’s Tailor is an installation by berkeley-based artist Marty McCutcheon that takes its inspiration from Kurt Schwitter’s Merzbau. In the 1920s, Schwitters began an ambitious project to transform his family’s house in Germany, room by room—it was a phenomenal, constructivist work. Schwitters architectural and sculptural creation included narrow passageways, caves and grottos. It was sadly destroyed by bombs in 1943, but you see an impressive recreation shown at the Berkeley Art Museum (2011) in this time lapse video.

We think McCuthcheon’s installation is a fitting ode, especially in our wee-cave of a W.C. Check it out on flickr or better yet, come see it for yourself, it’s up through the end of July.