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.
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!
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!
The jury is in and I am so honored to have been awarded the 2D prize by Tyler Green for ArtPrize 2012. Going into this year’s exhibition, I had no expectations of winning – all I wanted to do was put on a great show. My dealer, Cristin Tierney, challenged me to further my work, to use this wonderful opportunity SiTE:LAB afforded to expand my use of materials, scale, and concept. Plus, I was so lucky to have such a unique venue to exhibit where I had the freedom to try out new ideas.
I am extremely grateful to all the people who helped make Habitat happen including Bob Rogers, James Balkon, Lucia Minniti, Augustín Podesta, and Dave Prinsen, to Paul Amenta, Tom Clinton and Grant Carmichael for inviting me to exhibit, to all the SiTE:LAB artists for being a part of an amazing exhibition, to Gayle DeBruyn for her hospitality, to Tyler Green and Lisa Freiman for their nominations, to Jerry Saltz for the hilarious photograph, to Cristin Tierney and Maria Kucinski for all their direction and motivation, and to Florencia Minniti for all her support.
And finally, my sincerest thanks to everyone who visited, participated and engaged with Habitat. 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.
Cristin Tierney and Maria Kucinski came out to Grand Rapids to see Spire. I was so thrilled they were able to see the final work after the months of support and encouragement from New York.