I need to give thanks to the entire team for the opportunity to create 30º. Many thanks to SiTE:LAB’s Paul Amenta, Tom Clinton and Bob Rogers, Kendall College of Art and Design students, Lydia Boda, Erin Dumond, Jacob Hanson, Jacob Kapusta and Nathan McCallum, plus Cristin Tierney and Denis Gardarin, and Untitled’s Omar Lopez-Chahoud.
There were many facets to constructing 30º at SiTE:LAB’s booth at Untitled in Miami Beach. First, we began with cutting a hole in the floor (not quite as hazardous as cutting a hole in the roof) to expose the tent structure and sand below. We laid the first grid out and then inserted the wooden anchors that would serve as the framework for 30º into the sand. From there, and with the help of Paul Amenta, Bob Rogers, and the students, Lydia Boda, Erin Dumond, Jacob Hanson, Jacob Kapusta and Nathan McCallum, we continued to erect the grid on the angle until it reached 25 feet in height.
With the help of Paul Amenta, his class at Kendall College of Art and Design and SiTE:LAB, we were able to prepare the wooden 1.25 x 1.25’s before heading down to Miami. The students, Lydia Boda, Erin Dumond, Jacob Hanson, Jacob Kapusta and Nathan McCallum, cut, planed, sanded and painted the pieces at SiTE:LAB’s temporary headquarters at 54 Jefferson – the former public museum where I created Habitat in 2012 – in Grand Rapids. (You’ll see Mark Dean Veca’s artwork on the floor beneath them.)
Paul Amenta and Tom Clinton of SiTE:LAB invited me to be their featured artist for the Untitled Art Fair in Miami 2013. Untitled is located in a tent directly on the beach, so my idea – much like Spire – was to cut a hole in the floor and have my site-specific installation emerge from the sand below. The images of the scale model showcase the monochromatic color scheme that I envisioned for 30º. The title of the work comes from the angle of piece, which aligns perfectly with the angle of the tent.
Measuring 13 x 6.5 x 5.9 meters and made of aluminum and paint, Multicolored Grid, was installed as part of New York Beijing Here There at the Yuan Art Museum in Beijing, China. The show opened on October 24th and featured artists Lin Yan, Wei Jia, and Michelle Fornabai. Thanks to Florencia Minniti, Paul Amenta, the students from Kendall College of Art and Design, Lydia Boda, Erin Dumond, Jacob Hanson, Jacob Kapusta and Nathan McCallum, and to Lin Yan, Yan Gulino, and Kegang Lian.
‘New York Beijing Here There’ featuring Lin Yan, Wei Jia, Michelle Fornabai and myself opened at the Yuan Art Museum in Beijing, China on October 24th. With the help of Florencia Minniti, Paul Amenta, and the students from Kendall College of Art and Design, Lydia Boda, Erin Dumond, Jacob Hanson, Jacob Kapusta and Nathan McCallum, I constructed Multicolored Grid.
A huge thank you to Lin Yan, Yan Gulino, and Kegang Lian for inviting me to be a part of this exhibition.
We did this by splitting into two teams, one led by Paul and the other by me. We rotated between tasks, so every student got to do each aspect of the installation process.
I am absolutely thrilled that my longtime friend, supporter, and curator, Paul Amenta has joined me in Beijing with a group of students from Kendall College of Art and Design. Paul has created a curriculum at KCAD that discusses site-specific installations. Through this course, the students will have the hands-on experience of working on Multicolored Grid as well as my piece at the UNTITLED Fair in Miami in December (more on that later).
The students got to work installing the multicolored metal studs in the space. Much like Untitled (Basin and Range), we map out the grids with a template before setting them in place. The students pictured below are Lydia Boda, Erin Dumond, Jacob Hanson, Jacob Kapusta and Nathan McCallum. Thanks to all of you and to Paul for all of your assistance!
SiTE:LAB’s founders Paul Amenta and Tom Clinton have to put together a design competition to find a new purpose for the former Grand Rapids Public Museum located at 54 Jefferson. (This is the building where I exhibited within the Mammal Hall last year, creating 27 architectural interventions within the habitat dioramas.) Since 1994, the Museum has been closed to the public and now the challenge is to find a new way for the building to serve the public. 54Jeff wants to know what innovative ways this can be done.
I am honored to be a juror for this competition along with Reed Kroloff, Eva Franch i Gilabert, and Steven Zacks. Looking forward to being a part of this exciting new venture!
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!