Over the past several months, I have had the wonderful opportunity to get to know the artist Lin Yan. We first connected in the beginning stages of the exhibition New York Beijing Here There at the Yuan Art Museum which opened on October 24th, 2013 (her birthday), spending many afternoons in each others’ studios discussing our work and our process. It has been extremely amazing to get to know her and to be a part of the same show. I’m looking forward to showing with her again in May at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut. Thanks for all that you have done, Lin!
‘New York Beijing Here There’ featuring Lin Yan, Wei Jia, Michelle Fornabai and myself opened at the Yuan Art Museum in Beijing, China on October 24th. With the help of Florencia Minniti, Paul Amenta, and the students from Kendall College of Art and Design, Lydia Boda, Erin Dumond, Jacob Hanson, Jacob Kapusta and Nathan McCallum, I constructed Multicolored Grid.
A huge thank you to Lin Yan, Yan Gulino, and Kegang Lian for inviting me to be a part of this exhibition.
We did this by splitting into two teams, one led by Paul and the other by me. We rotated between tasks, so every student got to do each aspect of the installation process.
I am absolutely thrilled that my longtime friend, supporter, and curator, Paul Amenta has joined me in Beijing with a group of students from Kendall College of Art and Design. Paul has created a curriculum at KCAD that discusses site-specific installations. Through this course, the students will have the hands-on experience of working on Multicolored Grid as well as my piece at the UNTITLED Fair in Miami in December (more on that later).
The students got to work installing the multicolored metal studs in the space. Much like Untitled (Basin and Range), we map out the grids with a template before setting them in place. The students pictured below are Lydia Boda, Erin Dumond, Jacob Hanson, Jacob Kapusta and Nathan McCallum. Thanks to all of you and to Paul for all of your assistance!
The inspiration for my piece, Multicolored Grid, that we are currently installing at the Yuan Art Museum is my small-scale sculpture, Multicolored Cube. It employs various colors – one per side on each surface. Here, you can see the cube next to our reference for the site-specific, immersive sculpture made of metal studs.
Now that we have purchased the materials, Florencia and I have setup a workspace in the Yuan Art Museum. Here, we prepare the metal studs for paint application. Each stud needs to be cleaned of any oil and dirt before we can apply paint.
After seeing the space, I sit down to make adjustments to the scale model. This project is unique for me because I have not had the chance to see the space and therefore, it is important to spend time reviewing my initial idea and making changes based on my impression of the actual space.
Florencia and I arrived in Beijing to begin installation of another site-specific work, Multicolored Grid, at the Yuan Art Museum just a couple days after the opening of Untitled (Basin and Range) at MOCA Tucson.
Needless to say, we are exhausted, but we got right to work, getting the necessary supplies for the piece with museum employees, Yu Jia and He Yuxin. They took us to the market where we used our miming and drawing skills to find the correct materials including metal studs and various colors of paint that will comprise the piece.