The installation of Range #3 for Untitled (Basin and Range) at MOCA Tucson continues. Henry and I discuss our strategy for construction using the scale model as a reference. Two thirds of Range #3 are complete and the new pancakes are being laid out for the last third. Also, you may notice that there are cross braces within the grid – these are temporary and will be removed later.
We have started on Range #3 – the biggest range of the five – for Untitled (Basin and Range) at MOCA Tucson. To create this range, we have mapped out a footprint in the Great Hall and divided the range into three different sections, constructing it in three parts. It will take us seven full days to build Range #3.
The scale model shows the void where Range #3 will go. Henry is laying out the east/west axis (our 0 degrees or Meridian) that divides the range into north and south. In the background, you can see the existing Ranges #1 and #2. We have numbered each grid and will begin installing them in a specific order. Each grid is uniquely cut to fit the variations in the ceiling height.
Amidst the installation on Tuesday, in addition to the arrival of my wife, Florencia Minniti, I received another special arrival for my birthday – cupcakes from my gallery, Tierney Gardarin.
As you can see, the grid is rapidly expanding within the Great Hall at MOCA Tucson and I have a new team to help me with this phase of the project. I am feeling very good at the moment about this monumental installation, knowing that I have a great team in Tucson and the full support of my gallery in New York. The cupcake surprise certainly made my day. I have to thank Cristin Tierney and Denis Gardarin for supporting this exhibition and Maria Kucinski for being the magic force to make it all happen. I really appreciate all that everyone has done so far in the process of the project and especially for such a sweet surprise!
Here I am with Henry and my new team is Maximino Zapata, Glenn Benson and Jose Gamez. Cheers!
Florencia joined in the celebration too!
Before heading off to Tucson and Beijing, I had the pleasure of meeting with Dion Tan from Artinfo in my studio to discuss my studio practice and upcoming projects. I am so thrilled to have had the opportunity to speak with her about the preparations for projects I am working on including MOCA Tucson, Beijing, and the newest sculpture – the “multicolored cube.” (The cube will be making its official debut at the Tierney Gardarin Gallery booth at EXPO Chicago in September.)
Most importantly, I love the visuals that Dion was able to capture in my studio – especially with the light – and the story she has told.
I invite you to view the video below and to check out entire story here.
The construction of Range 1 of Untitled (Basin and Range) at MOCA Tucson has now been completed and we have begun the construction of Range 2. The vertical beams of Range 2 will extend from floor to ceiling, reaching 19 feet 3 inches and it will overhang the walkway between the two ranges. Once construction of all the ranges is completed, I will then go through and shape them accordingly.