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 must extend my deepest gratitude to the extremely hardworking and fellow artist, Henry Kerr. I could not have completed Untitled (Basin and Range) at MOCA Tucson without him. He has been with me from constructing the first pancake until we pour the last paint drop. He has put endless hours into this project and all without a day off. Cheers to you, Henry!
I would also like to mention that Henry created this site-specific painting at the Museum in the Artist in Residence living room in 2011. This piece, Live, measures 40 feet wide by 10 feet tall and has made my stay extra special, knowing that a dedicated and talented artist such as himself has given a personal touch to the unique and welcoming environment that is MOCA Tucson.
We have completed the construction of Range #5 for Untitled (Basin and Range) at MOCA Tucson. Range #5 starts on the Great Plaza, extends over the gravel and spills out to the bottom of the stairs, meeting the street curb of the city of Tucson. The staircase will be closed and people have to go back inside to the museum to exit the exhibition. I think that the Great Plaza will be another sweet spot!
Range #5 of Untitled (Basin and Range) at MOCA Tucson is progressing! The vertical beams have reached across the Great Plaza to the gravel. At the gravel, we are digging trenches to install and secure horizontal beams where the piece will continue and then disappear under the ground. The shadows the sunset casts are absolutely beautiful over the plaza.
I am very excited to start construction of Range #5 – the sole range situated outside on the Great Plaza of MOCA Tucson. Range #5 will be five levels tall and exemplifies the basin and range topography that I hope to emulate through the geometric abstraction of this installation. Blue tape and the red climbing rope outline the boundaries of the range that spills down the stairs to the sidewalk of the city of Tucson. Henry’s pickup truck is parked on the street in front of the plaza with the garage doors open where Range #5 will spill out of the museum!
I am absolutely thrilled that we have finished the construction of Range #4 of Untitled (Basin and Range) at MOCA Tucson. The completion of Range #4 with pancake #59 marks the last of the installation within the Great Hall. Next we move to Range #5 located on the Great Plaza. Henry and I exchanged a high five to celebrate the accomplishment.
Amidst the installation on Tuesday, in addition to the arrival of my wife, Florencia Minniti, I received another special arrival for my birthday – cupcakes from my gallery, Tierney Gardarin.
As you can see, the grid is rapidly expanding within the Great Hall at MOCA Tucson and I have a new team to help me with this phase of the project. I am feeling very good at the moment about this monumental installation, knowing that I have a great team in Tucson and the full support of my gallery in New York. The cupcake surprise certainly made my day. I have to thank Cristin Tierney and Denis Gardarin for supporting this exhibition and Maria Kucinski for being the magic force to make it all happen. I really appreciate all that everyone has done so far in the process of the project and especially for such a sweet surprise!
Here I am with Henry and my new team is Maximino Zapata, Glenn Benson and Jose Gamez. Cheers!