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!
Last month, I was honored to be able to present my work at ZONA MACO in Mexico City. I have visited this wonderful city many times over the past few years, and consider it to be one of my homes in the world. Joining me in Mexico and supporting my endeavors was my gallery, with Cristin Tierney and Candace Moeller, as well as my wife Florencia Minniti and my good friends Enrique Tellez, Carol and Carlos Césarman, Aldo Chaparro, Paul Amenta from SiTE:LAB and Enrique Macotela and Raiza Larios, who generously lent me her studio to work in.
This trip, and the art I produced during my stay, represented the culmination of a lot of time and hard work. For the booth at ZONA MACO, I created an entirely new series of sculptures that showcase my continuing engagement with color relationships and interest in art as a phenomenological experience. Given the strong influence that modern Latin American art has had on my practice, it was a treat to be able to present my work in the rich artistic and historical environment of Mexico City. At the fair, I was also very pleased to be able to show my sculptures alongside the drawings and painting of the amazing Chilean artist Jorge Tacla. I hope you enjoy the photos of the booth!
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.
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.
Although it was a relatively short installation, I was lucky to have my friends and colleagues stop by the Bruce Museum to check in on the process of creating Grid Structure #1. Architectural photographer, Marc Lins came to visit the location with fashion photographer, Christian Anwander. Marc needed to figure out how to photograph the piece, checking how the light situation changed throughout the day. Enrique Tellez, a very good friend and collector from Mexico City was in town and visited with my wife Florencia Minniti. My dealer, Cristin Tierney, also came by to check in on my progress. I was so thrilled to have these people stop by to see the installation process and to have the opportunity to see how the work changed.
With the start of a new year, I began reflecting on the projects that I have created recently. The impetus for the large-scale works completed in Grand Rapids, Tucson, Beijing, and Miami was Allotropisms, a 65-foot site-specific sculpture suspended from the ceiling of the Cristin Tierney Gallery at 546 West 29th Street in New York City. That show opened three years ago today.
To celebrate this landmark in my career, I am sharing never-before-seen photographs of the installation. Thanks to everyone who has helped me along the way and cheers to a new year full of new challenges!
Measuring 13 x 6.5 x 5.9 meters and made of aluminum and paint, Multicolored Grid, was installed as part of New York Beijing Here There at the Yuan Art Museum in Beijing, China. The show opened on October 24th and featured artists Lin Yan, Wei Jia, and Michelle Fornabai. Thanks to Florencia Minniti, Paul Amenta, the students from Kendall College of Art and Design, Lydia Boda, Erin Dumond, Jacob Hanson, Jacob Kapusta and Nathan McCallum, and to Lin Yan, Yan Gulino, and Kegang Lian.
Now that we have purchased the materials, Florencia and I have setup a workspace in the Yuan Art Museum. Here, we prepare the metal studs for paint application. Each stud needs to be cleaned of any oil and dirt before we can apply paint.
After seeing the space, I sit down to make adjustments to the scale model. This project is unique for me because I have not had the chance to see the space and therefore, it is important to spend time reviewing my initial idea and making changes based on my impression of the actual space.
After seven weeks of installation, Untitled (Basin and Range) at MOCA Tucson was complete. I was so thrilled to have so many familiar faces to help me celebrate at the opening including my brother, Hans, my dear friend, Dr. Holtkamp, my dealer, Cristin Tierney and her associate, Maria Kucinski, plus photographer, Marc Lins, my right-hand-man, Florian Altenburg, and, of course, my wife, Florencia Minniti. It was a fantastic evening. Thanks to Anne-Marie Russell, Henry Kerr, and all the MOCA staff and especially the members for making it a special night. Cheers to you!
I would like to thank Anne-Marie Russell, Executive Director and Chief Curator of MOCA Tucson, for the opportunity to envision and create Untitled (Basin and Range). She is truly amazing and has put together a fantastic team to help realize my most ambitious project to-date. I am so lucky to have had her support and guidance throughout this project. It has been such a pleasure working with her, with all of her knowledge and experience and I am so thrilled to be presenting my piece.