Allotropisms – 3 Year Anniversary

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!

Alois Kronschlaeger Allotropisms

Alois Kronschlaeger Allotropisms

Alois Kronschlaeger Florencia Minniti Florian Altenburg AllotropismsAlois Kronschlaeger Florian Altenburg Maria Kucinski Allotropisms

Alois Kronschlaeger Allotropisms

Alois Kronschlaeger Allotropisms

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Allotropisms – 3 Year Anniversary

Opening night of Untitled (Basin and Range) at MOCA Tucson

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!

Alois Kronschlaeger MOCA Tucson
Photograph by Taylor Miller.
Dr. Holtkamp, Maria Kucinski, Henry Kerr, Florencia Minniti, Alois Kronschlaeger
Photograph by Taylor Miller.

Alois Kronschlaeger, Cristin Tierney, Florencia Minniti, Anne-Marie Russell, Florian Altenburg

Opening night MOCA Tucson

Johans Steinrich

Dr. Holtkamp

Florencia Minniti
Photograph by Taylor Miller.
Opening night of Untitled (Basin and Range) at MOCA Tucson

Finishing up Range #5

After finishing up Ranges #1 through #4 which reside inside the Great Hall, we moved to the Great Plaza to install Range #5. Florian, Henry and I worked into the night, affixing the aluminum mesh to the wooden grid and then pouring the clear paint. As you can see, the installation extends to the city sidewalk. Just a couple finishing touches and the installation will be complete.

Alois Kronschlaeger Untitled Basin and Range

Alois Kronschlaeger Untitled Basin and Range

Alois Kronschlaeger Untitled Basin and Range

Finishing up Range #5

Anne-Marie Russell

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.
Anne-Marie Russell with Mike Hein
Anne-Marie Russell at MOCA Tucson
Anne-Marie Russell, Florian Altenburg, Catherine Eyde, Jocko Weyland, Mike Hein, Johans Steinrich, Florencia Minniti, Alois Kronschlaeger, and Henry Kerr.
Anne-Marie Russell

Getting ready to pour the paint

Now that all five ranges of Untitled (Basin and Range) have been completed at MOCA Tucson, we are now ready to pour the transparent paint over the mesh. We have new tools for pouring and recycling the paint and we have the cherry picker – masterfully maneuvered by Henry. So far, we’ve poured paint on Ranges #2 and #3 and are working on Range #1. From prep time to final execution, it takes about 5-6 hours to pour paint on each range.

Florian Altenburg

Alois Kronschlaeger Untitled Basin and Range

Cherry Picker Untitled Basin and Range

Alois Kronschlaeger Untitled Basin and Range

Getting ready to pour the paint