I am very excited to be giving a lecture at the University of Notre Dame on Tuesday, September 25th at 7 pm. I will be discussing site-specific installations and my newest project, Habitat. Many thanks to Tomas Rivas for inviting me to speak.
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of speaking with Laurel Green of The Rapidian about Habitat and SiTE:LAB and all the wonderful opportunities I have had in Grand Rapids. Read the article here.
On Tuesday evening, Site:Lab opened its doors to the public. There was a great turnout and I was really thrilled with the way that people – both kids and adults – were interacting with all the various dioramas in Habitat. Here are a few moments I captured…
Chris Clark from MLive stopped by Site:Lab the other day to get a sneak peek at the exhibition. He caught me walking into Habitat. See more photos here.
Many thanks to the crew who has helped me with another massive undertaking at SiTE:LAB. I am so pleased with how everything turned out. Thanks to Paul Amenta, Bob Rogers, James Balkon, Florencia Minniti, Florencia’s sister, Lucia Minniti and her boyfriend, Augustín Podesta, and Dave Prinsen. You guys rock!
For the deer diorama, the glass window opens into the inside of the diorama away from the actual threshold. The window pane is mounted 90 degrees to the floor, causing a reflection in the glass that merges with the background. When I return to Grand Rapids, I will remove the wooden brackets on the window pane. The space from the actual threshold to the new position of the window is covered with ceiling tiles that are illuminated from underneath.
The wolf diorama features a winter scene in which we placed the white cube and extended the snowscape to fall outside the diorama. For this, we used carpet that was plastered with sheet-rock compound. When I return to Grand Rapids, I will put the finishing touches on this so that all the textures match.
For the otter diorama, I have created a new transparent island habitat with aluminum mesh and clear paint.
Back in New York City, I was able to attend the opening of the exhibition Joe Fig: Cinematic Paintings at Cristin Tierney. Joe and I have been friends since attending graduate school together at the School of Visual Arts. Though our artistic practices are quite different, we get along quite well and I am happy to be in good company at the Cristin Tierney Gallery. Congratulations on a fantastic exhibition, Joe!