I am so pleased to present these final images of Grid Structure #1. I would like to thank Marc Lins for these stunning photographs as well as everyone else who was there during the process of creating this work including Michelle Loh, Sarah McNaughton, Lin Yan and the participating artists of Tales of Two Cities: New York & Beijing; Susan Ball, Anne von Stuelpnagel, Jack Coyle and the Bruce Museum staff; Cristin Tierney and Maria Kucinski at the Tierney Gardarin Gallery; Adam Ellyson, Karen Biddulph, and Peter Linderoth for the Mead School workshop; Enrique Tellez Kuenzler for his support; Christian Anwander and Sandra Lee in the studio; and, of course, my wife, Florencia Minniti.
In total, there are 22 cubes that make up Grid Structure #1 currently on view in Tales of Two Cities: New York & Beijing at the Bruce Museum. That equals over 6,500 sticks made from bass wood and over 24,000 sides of each stick to stain. It was a daunting task but an exciting exercise to pull together the different color combinations and geometric and abstract forms. Each angle of the cube creates an entirely new visual experience. Here is a selection of photographs of the individual cubes by Paul Mutino.
In connection with my site-specific installation Grid Structure #1 at the Bruce Museum, I had the amazing opportunity to give a workshop at the Mead School in Stamford, Connecticut. I worked with students ranging from Pre-K through eighth grade, offering some insight into my work and presenting exercises relating to my latest work. Students were given a side of a cube to design and paint as they wished. Once all the cubes were finished, we stacked them into a site-specific sculpture akin to Grid Structure #1.
I would like to thank Adam Ellyson, Karen Biddulph, Peter Linderoth and Cristin Tierney for the chance to work with the students at the Mead School. It was a wonderful and inspiring experience – especially for my first time working with kids!