John Kleinschmidt
Against The Grain

Goffe Street Armory
New Haven, CT

With Andy Sternad
Commissioned by Artspace New Haven in the cavernous drill hall of a decommissioned armory, this piece attempted to introduce a human dimension to the vast interior space without detracting from its sublime mystery.
Deteriorating floor boards within the space were removed, cleaned, and suspended from a steel truss to form two chevron-shaped curtains, referencing the building’s past as a military post. The narrow space between was just wide enough for visitors to walk, allowing one to dwell within a structural dimension of the building.
Each floorboard was connected by white mason’s line – over three miles in total - to its original position on the floor, where white replacement boards were toothed in.