As you may know, an important component of the creation of my site-specific work and of my studio practice is to build a scale model. A scale model helps to steer my artistic approach and informs the installation onsite. I have not yet done a site-specific installation without a scale model, until now. (See examples of my scale models here: 30º, Multicolored Grid, Basin and Range, Spire, Allotropism.)
For the Bruce Museum’s Tales of Two Cities: New York & Beijing, I have used a new approach in the studio – 3-dimensional rendering. With the help of my intern, Sandra Lee, she and I were able to create visuals based on the existing architecture of the museum and insert the various gridded structures in the atrium. The result provides a view similar to that of my scale models and offers the benefit of some agility for this new type of site-specific piece.
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.
The installation of Range #3 for Untitled (Basin and Range) at MOCA Tucson continues. Henry and I discuss our strategy for construction using the scale model as a reference. Two thirds of Range #3 are complete and the new pancakes are being laid out for the last third. Also, you may notice that there are cross braces within the grid – these are temporary and will be removed later.
As with all of my site-specific artworks, I create a scale model to envision my project and to act as a guide for installation. The scale model of Untitled (Basin and Range) arrived in Tucson, Arizona and is now situated within the Great Hall of MOCA Tucson. For the first part of the installation, the team and I are working off the scale model to lay out each individual “mountain” before assembly.