In addition to Grid Structure #1 at EXPO Chicago, I installed a site-specific piece in Cristin Tierney Gallery’s booth. I placed two separate works entitled Tower B/W and Tower Color perpendicular to each other on a small pedestal at the corner of the booth. The works – both 8 feet tall – played off the booth’s existing and nonexistent architecture, creating their own infrastructure. From below, the pieces worked nicely against the backdrop of the exhibition hall’s ceiling. I also enjoyed how the works interacted with the artworks hung on the walls. I found that it was an interesting dialogue between my work and Richard Galpin’s, with whom I will be showing at UNTITLED Miami this December.
I very much enjoyed my time in Chicago at EXPO Chicago, working on a new configuration of Grid Structure #1. Over the course of two days, I reconstructed this formerly unique, site-specific piece to fit into a new space. With that, new architectural and spatial considerations were taken into account and a new configuration was created. It was great to see the work against a new backdrop and from farther vantage points than those at the Bruce Museum.
The new environment at EXPO Chicago has lent itself to new perspectives and new vantage points for Grid Structure #1. As I mentioned in my previous post, there were additional considerations that I had to work with in this space but working through those has allowed for a rich and diverse experience of the work. Here is a selection of my favorite angles from Configuration #2.
The opportunity to present Grid Structure #1 at EXPO Chicago in a different space was very exciting for me and also somewhat challenging. Using the same 22 cubes from the installation at the Bruce Museum, I created the second configuration within Festival Hall at Navy Pier in Chicago.
Light is always of utmost importance to my site-specific pieces and in this case, it was interesting for me to see the piece entirely back-lit. This caused a silhouette of the work to form from one vantage point. From the other sides, the colors were beautifully illuminated and strikingly vibrant.
My other concern was the distance. At the Bruce Museum, there was a very limited distance from which one could view the work. At EXPO Chicago, the space surrounding Grid Structure #1 was much larger and much more open. Within this context, my work takes on a new look, a new personality of sorts.
I really enjoyed working on this new challenge. I have to thank Rachel Kaplan of EXPO Chicago for all of her help with the logistics as well as Tony Karman for bringing the piece here. Additional thanks to Florencia Minniti for her hard work as well.
Florencia and I arrived in Chicago with a 16-foot truck filled with the cubes from Grid Structure #1. We drove them all the way from the Bruce Museum to install as a special project at EXPO Chicago. This being my first time in Chicago, I was feeling inspired by the robust architecture and the view of Lake Michigan from Navy Pier.