On view in the gallery is a new, large scale construction entitled Day Trip. Built expressly for the purposes of this exhibition, the work is designed to fit snugly inside the volume of the gallery space, where its form hovers between an autonomous sculpture and an immersive installation. Braman assembled the work with foraged pieces of lumber and disused elements of sculptures in her studio, which conspire to create a ramshackle structure. Onto and around the wooden frame, Braman has hung bedsheets tie dyed in deep shades of color. The “room” is fit with a piece of salmon wall-to-wall carpeting. Piles of books that the artist gathered from her local dump’s take it or leave it book shed are scattered around along with some pillows.
Day Trip is the third work in a series of reading rooms that Braman began in advance of her 2016 exhibition You Are Everything at Mitchell-Innes & Nash in New York. The impulse to make sculptures that function as reading spaces was born directly of the relationship between Braman’s family life and studio practice. While building a shack-like sculpture for her exhibition, Braman’s 5 year old son came often to her studio and the two of them wound up spending time reading in the sculpture. Though initially skeptical of incorporating books into her work – for fear of appearing precocious or prescriptive – her prejudice began to fade as she realized that books, like her sculptures, could offer an opportunity for people to slow down. In this way, Day Trip creates a blanket-fort-like atmosphere that encourages a collision between what color is and all the things that we read and even think.