Polychromatic Structures at Cristin Tierney Gallery

Tonight is the opening reception for my second solo exhibition at Cristin Tierney Gallery, entitled Polychromatic Structures. If I compare the work of my last show with Cristin, Allotropisms, with the work I’m producing now, I’m really pleased to see the different ways my sculptures have explored positive and negative space, color relationships, scale, phenomenology and the representational possibilities posed by the cube over the years.

I have been working on the sculptures in Polychromatic Structures non-stop since returning from Mexico in February with Florencia Minnitti and interns Sandra, Jaime and Young, and I couldn’t be more excited to unveil them to the public for the first time tonight. I hope to see you all at the reception this evening, 9 April, from 6-8pm. The show will also be on view during the gallery’s normal hours through 16 May. Below are a few photos from the past few months, which show the preparations for Polychromatic Structures; please enjoy!

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Polychromatic Structures at Cristin Tierney Gallery

The First Stainless Steel Spinning Cube, Loma Cantabria, Mexico City

Earlier this year, I finished an incredibly exciting commission that took over six months to complete and pushed my work into totally uncharted territory: I produced my first stainless steel spinning cube. Commissioned by Desarrolladora del Parque in Mexico City, the cube is housed in the lobby of their Loma Cantabria building. Each side of the steel rods is a different color, and the cube features six colors total: red, yellow, blue, green, purple and silver. As the cube spins, the colors gradually shift to create a shimmering optical effect and sensations of expansion and contraction. It is displayed on a diagonal access, which gives the work an added dynamic energy and maximizes the viewer experience of the changes in color.

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As this was the first time I had ever worked in stainless steel, there was a lot of research and design that went into the cube’s production. First, I needed a fabricator. Anne-Marie Russell of MOCA Tucson and the Sarasota Museum of Art, with whom I worked on my first major institutional exhibition at MOCA in 2013, recommended Dave Lewis, an artist and fabrication specialist in Brooklyn. With Dave Lewis on board, the next step was designing a screw that could be used in the cube’s assembly. We needed 3,000 very small, special screws in order to fasten the rods together, which were eventually fabricated by US Micro Screw in California.

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Dave Lewis produced a primary version of the cube that measured 10 5/8” on each side and was colored silver, blue and yellow. Once he completed this prototype, we were ready to begin on the larger piece. We used 300 stainless steel rods to construct the 2-foot cube. GT Machine & Tool Company in Long Island City drilled holes in each rod using a CNC router machine, so that the rods could be screwed together. Dave Lewis then applied color to each side of each rod in Tom Lendvai’s wood work studio in Bushwick, in what was a laborious and painstaking process.

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The motor for the spinning cube and the fork to attach the cube to the motor also needed to be built to exacting specifications. Jarred Metz, in Red Hook, fabricated both of these items with an astounding level of precision and skill. With 3 rotations per minute, the motor’s cycle is perfectly timed for the most visual impact.

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Once we had all of the pieces in place, we were ready to assemble the cube. It took Florencia Minnitti, Eduardo Abraham and myself 70 hours to screw the rods together, and the resulting cube weighed 40 pounds. Enrique Macotela, architect and partner at Desarrolladora del Parque, designed a mirrored base for the artwork, and local engineer Javier Torices fabricated the base. I installed the completed cube and the base with Florencia Minnitti in February during the ZONA MACO art fair, and it remains on permanent view at Loma Cantabria.

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It was absolutely fabulous to work with Dave Lewis as the fabricator and also with Jarred Metz, who designed several generations of motors in service of this project. A very special thanks also goes to the fantastic Enrique Macotela, Enrique Tellez, Enrique Enciso and Jorge Henriquez of Desarrolladora del Parque both for their continuous support, and for hosting the initial cocktail party with Raiza Larios during which I first proposed the kinetic sculpture. This project was a major accomplishment for me, and it represents an exciting new direction in my practice. Now that the cube has been unveiled, I’m looking forward to continuing to work in steel and metal and to see where else these materials will take me. There were many photos taken over the realization of the cube in order to document the project, and I hope you will enjoy perusing them below.

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The First Stainless Steel Spinning Cube, Loma Cantabria, Mexico City

Introducing the Wall Grid Structure Series

I’ve recently begun working on a new series of wall grid structures in the studio. They represent an exciting development in my work and a deepening of my understanding of my main materials, basswood and ink. I’m continuing to engage with color relations, spatial perception and the architectural structure of the cube, but with these new structures I’m now also exploring how I can project my sculptures into 3D space by co-opting the wall: a place largely reserved for flat works.

I am very pleased to be presenting these new wall grid structures at ZONA MACO in Mexico City next week, where I will be showing with Cristin Tierney Gallery in Booth E-212. I will also be attending the fair, so join me in Mexico to see them in person, and please feel free to take some photos! We will be using the hashtags #cubosdecolores #cubosycuadernos and #interioryexterior at ZONA MACO, and we invite you to tag your photos on social media at the fair.

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A wall grid structure in progress
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Wall grid structure (detail)
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Eduardo working on a new cube
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Raiza Larios has been generous enough to let me use her studio at Plaza Carso in Polanco as I’m preparing for ZONA MACO
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None of this would be possible without the dedicated Florencia Minniti, my partner in life and work
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Works in progress with a new wall structure in the background
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An aerial view of works in progress
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We have taken our mission to always be surrounded by art to heart in Mexico City
Introducing the Wall Grid Structure Series

Now Available: The Alois Kronschlaeger Monograph

This winter I’m pleased to announce the publication of my much-anticipated monograph, which encompasses everything from my early works to my site-specific installations and exhibitions with Cristin Tierney Gallery. This monograph really shows the breadth and progression of my work, spanning not only several years but also a great variety of scale in my practice, from individual cubes to monumental mountain ranges. In addition, it documents many of the people and institutions I’ve been fortunate enough to work with, such as Florencia Minniti, the Bruce Museum, SiTE:LAB, MOCA Tucson, Florian Altenburg, Paul Amenta, Mathias Kessler and many more. Essays by Joe Fig, Matthias Neumann, Muriel Pérez and Anne-Marie Russell comprise additional features of the monograph, which would not have been possible without the hard work of editor Julie Krienik and designer Brian Sisco, not to mention the generous support of Cristin Tierney. The monograph debuted with much success at UNTITLED Miami in December, and I am excited to be bringing copies with me to Mexico for ZONA MACO next month. Copies are also available through Cristin Tierney Gallery.

Grid Structure #1, 2014 basswood, paint, ink, aluminum mesh 216 x 72 x 72 in. (549 x 182 x 182 cm) site-specific installation, Bruce Museum, Greenwich, Connecticut May–August 2014 Photo Marc Lins
Grid Structure #1, 2014
basswood, paint, ink, aluminum mesh
216 x 72 x 72 in. (549 x 182 x 182 cm)
site-specific installation, Bruce Museum, Greenwich, Connecticut
May–August 2014
Photo Marc Lins
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Untitled (Basin and Range), 2013
wood, aluminum mesh, paint
dimensions variable
site-specific installation, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson, Arizona
October 2013 – March 2014
Photo Marc Lins
T B 7 (view 1), 2014 basswood, ink 24 x 24 x 24 in. (60.96 x 60.96 x 60.96 cm) Collection of the Artist Photo Paul Mutino
T B 7, 2014
basswood, ink
24 x 24 x 24 in. (60.96 x 60.96 x 60.96 cm)
Collection of the Artist
Photo Paul Mutino
Now Available: The Alois Kronschlaeger Monograph

The cubes of Grid Structure #1

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.

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Alois Kronschlaeger Cube Paul Mutino

Alois Kronschlaeger Cube Paul Mutino

Alois Kronschlaeger Cube Paul Mutino

Alois Kronschlaeger Cube Paul Mutino

Alois Kronschlaeger Cube Paul Mutino

Alois Kronschlaeger Cubes Paul Mutino

The cubes of Grid Structure #1

Workshop at the Mead School

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!

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Alois Kronschlaeger Mead School

Alois Kronschlaeger Mead School

Workshop at the Mead School

Stacking the cubes

The approach to my newest site-specific installation is very different from previous projects. For this piece, I have created many small cubes with the intention of stacking them within the atrium of the Bruce Museum. As I mentioned in my previous post, there are a number of tests that had to be run in order to create the desired effect with the cubes. In this moment, I am testing how the different cubes interact with each other when stacked.

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Stacking the cubes