Oak Hill, New York
Oak Hill, c. 1930
In 2014, Hausmann acquired a building located at the heart of the historic hamlet of Oak Hill in Greene County, New York. Built in 1840, the post and beam structure, with a storied history as a post office, candy store, gas station, barber shop and family home, suffered from decades of neglect and was an eyesore in the small Catskills community.Like David Ireland’s Capp Street Project and Kurt Schwitters’ Merzbau, Hausmann initiated an effort to eliminate the distinction between art-making and everyday work and life. By looking and listening to the 170-year old structure, Hausmann is deconstructing and reclaiming the space, honoring its history and the place it occupies in the heart of town. Like Schwitters, Hausmann’s work here is growing organically, changing constantly as centuries-old hand-hewn timbers, rock walls, streams and mountain views are discovered, re-imagined and transformed, bringing a renewed energy and activity into the center of the village.