Fiona Connor

Closed Down Clubs, French Bistro

Closed Down Clubs, French Bistro by Fiona Connor

Artwork Detail

This solitary door comes from Fiona Connor’s series of sculptural documents titled 'Closed Down Clubs', 2017–18. Charting a period of change in her local area of Los Angeles when a cluster of iconic businesses and venues closed, Connor’s series records the city on the precipice of change. As a symbolic entranceway, the door is a nostalgic and poignant reminder of how pieces of a city and its architecture are in flux, with only memory left to bind them. Operating as a kind of documentary, Connor’s sculptures reproduce the original doors in 1:1 scale, offering a three-dimensional relationship with their original site, albeit in the gallery space.

This meticulous – almost fanatical – modelling of an architectural remnant has been a consistent theme in Connor’s work over the last decade. Here, it’s not just the façade or doorway which Connor replicates, but all the marks of time – the dirt, wear and tear, ephemera, errors and markings – visible in its current condition.

– Natasha Conland, Senior Curator, Global Contemporary Art, 2023

Closed Down Clubs, French Bistro
Fiona Connor
Production date
aluminium door, paint, acrylic, silkscreen print on aluminium, vinyl
813 x 2032 x 51 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the Patrons of the Auckland Art Gallery, 2018
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New Zealand Art
Display status
On display

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