The wolf diorama features a winter scene in which we placed the white cube and extended the snowscape to fall outside the diorama. For this, we used carpet that was plastered with sheet-rock compound. When I return to Grand Rapids, I will put the finishing touches on this so that all the textures match.
For the otter diorama, I have created a new transparent island habitat with aluminum mesh and clear paint.
Back in New York City, I was able to attend the opening of the exhibition Joe Fig: Cinematic Paintings at Cristin Tierney. Joe and I have been friends since attending graduate school together at the School of Visual Arts. Though our artistic practices are quite different, we get along quite well and I am happy to be in good company at the Cristin Tierney Gallery. Congratulations on a fantastic exhibition, Joe!
Here you can see the Beaver/Coyote Bridge in its entirety. I love this piece for its condensed grid pattern and the shadows it casts as it is illuminated from below.
The Moose Diorama has been completed! Here, you can see the walkway that plays on one’s perspective. Now one can literally enter the diorama – rather than virtually – and experience the moose environment. On the way out, viewers can see the rest of the Mammal Hall reflected on the walkway.
With the mountain lion diorama, I revived the Repercussion series and expanded it through the use of carpeting rather than paper. I wanted to create a new habitat for the mountain lion. I did this by building out a jagged wooden base – playing on the existing environment – and overlaid the carpet on the newly created framework.
After three weeks racing against the clock to install Habitat, I arrived back in New York to celebrate my birthday. It was perfect. And now that I am back and have the chance to unwind, more photos from the installation will be posted!
It goes without saying that I owe my gratitude to Paul Amenta who has invited me to participate in SiTE:LAB’s ArtPrize exhibition for the second year in a row. Here he is hard at work helping to construct Habitat. Many thanks, Paul! It has been a pleasure once again!
#25! Almost there! The window pane in this diorama is covered with mesh that corresponds with the lines of the landscape inside the diorama. The window glass will be installed and seal the mesh inside.
We are in the home stretch of completing Habitat and I could not have gotten this far without my number one assistant, my wife, Florencia Minniti. She has been ever so supportive and working extremely hard to facilitate the building out of the dioramas. Here she is in action.