Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler, ‘Sunrise Filmset Sunset (Diptych)’, 2012, Ballroom Marfa
Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler, ‘Sunrise Filmset Sunset (Diptych)’, 2012, Ballroom Marfa

The two photos document the remains of an iconic film set -- the three-sided facade structure originally designed and constructed to appear as an imposing, decadent mansion on a cattle ranch in the 1956 Warner Bros. film Giant. The house, known in the film as "the Reata," was left behind once filming was complete. Hubbard and Birchler capture the ruin at sunrise and sunset, restoring a quiet elegance to the relic that underscores the physical conditions and social character of cinematic experience.

Image rights: Courtesy of Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York and Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin

About Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler

Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler are collaborators and life partners. They began to work together in the 1990s in making sculpture, installation, and performances, though now their practice revolves largely around filmmaking and photography. Hubbard and Birchler’s work investigates specific places that are at once personal and universal; as Birchler has said, “We’ve always tried to make work about where we live.” Hubbard adds, “In our work, there is the element of everyplace.” Their films Gregor’s Room II (1999), Detached Building (2001), and House with Pool (2004) look at private spaces in domestic settings, while a photographic series begun in 2000 titled “Filmstills” is a collection of facades of public movie theaters. The artists’ influences include Alfred Hitchcock and Edward Hopper—artists who also create work about psychological space.

Irish/American/Swiss, 1965 and 1962, Dublin and Baden, Switzerland, based in Austin, Texas