I need to give thanks to the entire team for the opportunity to create 30º. Many thanks to SiTE:LAB’s Paul Amenta, Tom Clinton and Bob Rogers, Kendall College of Art and Design students, Lydia Boda, Erin Dumond, Jacob Hanson, Jacob Kapusta and Nathan McCallum, plus Cristin Tierney and Denis Gardarin, and Untitled’s Omar Lopez-Chahoud.
There were many facets to constructing 30º at SiTE:LAB’s booth at Untitled in Miami Beach. First, we began with cutting a hole in the floor (not quite as hazardous as cutting a hole in the roof) to expose the tent structure and sand below. We laid the first grid out and then inserted the wooden anchors that would serve as the framework for 30º into the sand. From there, and with the help of Paul Amenta, Bob Rogers, and the students, Lydia Boda, Erin Dumond, Jacob Hanson, Jacob Kapusta and Nathan McCallum, we continued to erect the grid on the angle until it reached 25 feet in height.
The jury is in and I am so honored to have been awarded the 2D prize by Tyler Green for ArtPrize 2012. Going into this year’s exhibition, I had no expectations of winning – all I wanted to do was put on a great show. My dealer, Cristin Tierney, challenged me to further my work, to use this wonderful opportunity SiTE:LAB afforded to expand my use of materials, scale, and concept. Plus, I was so lucky to have such a unique venue to exhibit where I had the freedom to try out new ideas.
I am extremely grateful to all the people who helped make Habitat happen including Bob Rogers, James Balkon, Lucia Minniti, Augustín Podesta, and Dave Prinsen, to Paul Amenta, Tom Clinton and Grant Carmichael for inviting me to exhibit, to all the SiTE:LAB artists for being a part of an amazing exhibition, to Gayle DeBruyn for her hospitality, to Tyler Green and Lisa Freiman for their nominations, to Jerry Saltz for the hilarious photograph, to Cristin Tierney and Maria Kucinski for all their direction and motivation, and to Florencia Minniti for all her support.
And finally, my sincerest thanks to everyone who visited, participated and engaged with Habitat. Cheers to you!
Many thanks to the crew who has helped me with another massive undertaking at SiTE:LAB. I am so pleased with how everything turned out. Thanks to Paul Amenta, Bob Rogers, James Balkon, Florencia Minniti, Florencia’s sister, Lucia Minniti and her boyfriend, Augustín Podesta, and Dave Prinsen. You guys rock!
From elk to beavers to coyotes and now to moose! Here, I am building a platform that extends from the background of the diorama into the main hall space. Much like the science of the diorama, this piece plays on perspective and viewers will have the unique opportunity to walk into the diorama.
Creating Spire was a wild ride – from its initial concept to its construction. I am so proud to have completed my most ambitious project (though I have more in the works!).
Thank you to all of my supporters as well as SiTE:LAB’s Paul Amenta, Tom Clinton, Bob Rogers, Dustin Meyer, James Balkon, and Tom Wagner; my talented friends Florian Altenburg and Marc Lins; my amazing dealer, Cristin Tierney and her Associate Director, Maria Kucinski; and, of course, my wife, Florencia Minniti.
All photos by Marc Lins.
I could not have completed Spire without my wonderful and hardworking crew. Many thanks to Bob Rogers, Dustin Meyer, James Balkon, and Florian Altenburg for working with me on-site.