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.
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!
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.
All photos by Marc Lins.
My talented friend, Marc Lins journeyed to Grand Rapids with me to take official photos of Spire. Here he is on the roof.
Before I go into the details of how I create a work, I would like to give you a background on my previous artistic endeavors.
My work exists at the intersection of art, architecture, fashion and design. My forms are surreal and my materials are simple in the tradition of Frederick Kiesler and Buckminster Fuller. I make large-scale installations and small scale sculptures. My interests lie in exploring environment, light, time and space via geometry.
My most recent work entitled Allotropisms was my most ambitious project to date measuring fifteen feet high and spanning a length of sixty-five feet at the Cristin Tierney Gallery in New York City. My preparation for this work took about three months in which I created a scale model with precise measurements from the space using the existing architecture as my inspiration and my base. With a team of two assistants, the installation of Allotropisms – from the wooden latice to the lighting – took three weeks.
Spire will be even larger than Allotropisms and will take three floors of SiTE:LAB in Grand Rapids, Michigan.