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.
I very much enjoyed my time in Chicago at EXPO Chicago, working on a new configuration of Grid Structure #1. Over the course of two days, I reconstructed this formerly unique, site-specific piece to fit into a new space. With that, new architectural and spatial considerations were taken into account and a new configuration was created. It was great to see the work against a new backdrop and from farther vantage points than those at the Bruce Museum.
The new environment at EXPO Chicago has lent itself to new perspectives and new vantage points for Grid Structure #1. As I mentioned in my previous post, there were additional considerations that I had to work with in this space but working through those has allowed for a rich and diverse experience of the work. Here is a selection of my favorite angles from Configuration #2.
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 absolutely thrilled to share the latest news about Tales of Two Cities: New York & Beijing at the Bruce Museum. Along with the other artists in the exhibition, I had the pleasure of speaking with Jane L. Levere of The New York Times to discuss my site-specific installation, Grid Structure #1. I invite you to read the piece here. Cheers!
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.
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.