Taking a step back from Range #1

Two weeks into the installation of Untitled (Basin and Range) and I can now take a step back and admire how far the installation process has come. From the top of Range #1, the beautiful cityscape of downtown Tucson can be seen through the gates. The northern gates of the museum have now been opened, as the crew and I prepare to expand Range #1 into the Great Plaza of MOCA Tucson.

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Taking a step back from Range #1

Putting the wooden grids in place

Installation continues on Untitled (Basin and Range) at MOCA Tucson with the building and placing of the wooden grids – or pancakes – into the individual mountain ranges. Here, the crew and I lift the wooden grid from the template and carry it over to Range #1. We then place it vertically, securing it with temporary braces before adding the the permanent long horizontal pieces of lumber.

Untitled Basin and Range Installation

Moving the pancake

Untitled Basin and Range Installation

Putting the wooden grids in place

Working off a wooden grid template

The next phase in the installation of Untitled (Basin and Range) at MOCA Tucson is to construct a grid based on a template that Henry and I have created measuring 18 feet 6 inches by 24 feet with a three foot square gap between beams. This template helps us outline the wooden grid structure for each individual mountain range. There will be five mountain ranges in total as we start with #1 and move clockwise until we reach range #5 which will sit outside the building.

Unlike my previous projects, Allotropisms and Spire, that were both built from the top down, Basin and Range is being first assembled horizontally and then flipped onto its vertical axis.

Constructing the template for Basin and Range

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Working off a wooden grid template

Scale Model of Untitled (Basin and Range)

As with all of my site-specific artworks, I create a scale model to envision my project and to act as a guide for installation. The scale model of Untitled (Basin and Range) arrived in Tucson, Arizona and is now situated within the Great Hall of MOCA Tucson. For the first part of the installation, the team and I are working off the scale model to lay out each individual “mountain” before assembly.

Scale Model Basin and Range

Scale Model Basin and Range

Scale Model of Untitled (Basin and Range)

First day of prep work for Untitled (Basin and Range)

With the arrival of the wood and my team in place, we got to work preparing for the installation. We extended the 12 foot long pieces of lumber into 24 and 36 foot long pieces. Henry is sawing the wood to create joints which Helena and Dianna are gluing the joints together while Logan applies additional screws for safety.
Moca Tucson preps for Untitled Basin and Range

Henry Kerr at Moca Tucson

Helena Hill and Dianna Bynum

Logan Gonzales

First day of prep work for Untitled (Basin and Range)

Introducing the Basin and Range Crew

I am very excited to be working with a great crew at MOCA Tucson for Untitled (Basin and Range). Here is the crew enjoying a much deserved break (also known as “beer o’clock”) – Helena Hill, Logan Gonzales, Henry Kerr, and Dianna Bynun. Cheers to you for all your assistance thus far and in the coming weeks!

Basin and Range Crew

Introducing the Basin and Range Crew

Announcing Untitled (Basin and Range) at MOCA Tucson

I am so thrilled to announce that I will be presenting my first major museum show at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Tucson, Arizona. MOCA’s director, Anne-Marie Russell, has invited me to take over the entire Great Hall where I will create a site-specific installation utilizing a wooden grid, aluminum mesh and poured paint. The piece, Untitled (Basin and Range) will be my largest piece to date.

I am looking forward to the six week installation ahead of me. I’ll keep you updated on my process. Cheers!

Untitled Basin and Range

Download MOCA Tucson Press Release 2013.

Announcing Untitled (Basin and Range) at MOCA Tucson

54Jeff: An Ideas Competition

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Although I won’t be returning to Grand Rapids to exhibit with SiTE:LAB this September, I have been invited to partake in a new project this fall called 54Jeff.

SiTE:LAB’s founders Paul Amenta and Tom Clinton have to put together a design competition to find a new purpose for the former Grand Rapids Public Museum located at 54 Jefferson. (This is the building where I exhibited within the Mammal Hall last year, creating 27 architectural interventions within the habitat dioramas.) Since 1994, the Museum has been closed to the public and now the challenge is to find a new way for the building to serve the public. 54Jeff wants to know what innovative ways this can be done.

I am honored to be a juror for this competition along with Reed Kroloff, Eva Franch i Gilabert, and Steven Zacks. Looking forward to being a part of this exciting new venture!

54Jeff: An Ideas Competition