“Empire” by Artist Rone

“Empire” by Artist Rone

Artist Rone transforms a sprawling 1930s, Art Deco mansion, left vacant for over 20 years. Like “The Omega Project”, which saw a suburban home recast as a gallery installation before being demolished, “Empire” features Rone’s large-scale, ‘Jane Doe’ portraits alongside the estate itself. Helped along by the collaborative efforts of interior stylist Carly Spooner, scent designer Kat Snowden, film composer Nick Batterham, as well as lighting by designer John McKissock and elaborate botanical installations by design studio Loose Leaf, Rone explains:

“I want people to walk in and feel like they can explore the possibilities of what might or might not have happened here… I love exploring the concept of how — and why — something so magnificent can be left to decline into ruin. Empire is about offering audiences the chance to create their own story; to temporarily transport their minds to another place, another time.”

See more images from “Empire” below or on display at Burnham Beeches mansion in Sherbrooke March 6 – April 22.

Adrian Ghenie

Adrian Ghenie

Interview with Kat Kleinman

Interview with Kat Kleinman