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.
After seven weeks of installation, Untitled (Basin and Range) at MOCA Tucson was complete. I was so thrilled to have so many familiar faces to help me celebrate at the opening including my brother, Hans, my dear friend, Dr. Holtkamp, my dealer, Cristin Tierney and her associate, Maria Kucinski, plus photographer, Marc Lins, my right-hand-man, Florian Altenburg, and, of course, my wife, Florencia Minniti. It was a fantastic evening. Thanks to Anne-Marie Russell, Henry Kerr, and all the MOCA staff and especially the members for making it a special night. Cheers to you!
After finishing up Ranges #1 through #4 which reside inside the Great Hall, we moved to the Great Plaza to install Range #5. Florian, Henry and I worked into the night, affixing the aluminum mesh to the wooden grid and then pouring the clear paint. As you can see, the installation extends to the city sidewalk. Just a couple finishing touches and the installation will be complete.
I would like to thank Anne-Marie Russell, Executive Director and Chief Curator of MOCA Tucson, for the opportunity to envision and create Untitled (Basin and Range). She is truly amazing and has put together a fantastic team to help realize my most ambitious project to-date. I am so lucky to have had her support and guidance throughout this project. It has been such a pleasure working with her, with all of her knowledge and experience and I am so thrilled to be presenting my piece.
Now that all five ranges of Untitled (Basin and Range) have been completed at MOCA Tucson, we are now ready to pour the transparent paint over the mesh. We have new tools for pouring and recycling the paint and we have the cherry picker – masterfully maneuvered by Henry. So far, we’ve poured paint on Ranges #2 and #3 and are working on Range #1. From prep time to final execution, it takes about 5-6 hours to pour paint on each range.
Florian and I continue to drape the mesh over Untitled (Basin and Range) at MOCA Tucson. You can see us climbing to the top of the ranges to crawling on the floor, stitching together the mesh where necessary.