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!
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!
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.
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.
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 and I continue to drape the mesh over Untitled (Basin and Range) at MOCA Tucson. You can see us climbing to the top of the ranges to crawling on the floor, stitching together the mesh where necessary.
Now that the wooden grids have been carved, it’s time to drape the mesh for Untitled (Basin and Range). Florian and I climb to the top of the range and unfurl the one hundred foot roll of aluminum mesh.
Since the completion of Range #5, my dear friend Florian Altenburg has arrived in Tucson. As you may know, he was an instrumental part of Allotropisms and Spire in 2011. Now he’s back to work with the MOCA Tucson crew to help us complete Untitled (Basin and Range) with the draping of the aluminum mesh and clear paint.
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.