The Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus Ohio, Mark Bradford, and me.
Happy Monday – Blog2Modern Readers,
I haven't had a chance to post an entry in a while, due to the fact that I am currently in Columbus, Ohio at the Wexner Center for the Arts (!!!) I was invited (in August) to do a large-scale solo installation in the lobby area of the Deconstructivist gem, designed by Peter Eisenman – one of the New York Five. (For you architects out there, you've probably seen the Wexner every contemporary Art History and Architecture book out there.)
(Below: Main fa√ßade of The Wexner Center for the Arts)
Thanks Wikipedia for summing up the mission of the Wexner and doing all my links for me:
"The Wexner Center for the Arts is The Ohio State University‚Äôs
multidisciplinary, international laboratory for the exploration and
advancement of contemporary art. Through
exhibitions, screenings, performances, artist residencies, and
educational programs, the Wexner Center acts as a forum where
established and emerging artists can test ideas and where diverse
audiences can participate in cultural experiences that enhance
understanding of the art of our time. In its programs, the Wexner Center
balances a commitment to experimentation with a commitment to
traditions of innovation and affirms the university‚Äôs mission of education,
and community service. The Wexner Center opened in November 1989, named
in honor of the father of Limited Brands founder Leslie Wexner, who was a major donor to the
Currently on view is Mark Bradford's mid-career retrospective. They don't allow any photos in the galleries, but he did an installation in the lobby (below)
Bradford and his assistant projected his name onto the wall, traced it and then painstakingly removed portions of the wall, exposing the myriad of past colors that the wall has been painted. This wall will be removed and will travel to each of the venues (Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, the Museum of Contemporary Art
in Chicago, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the San Francisco Museum of
Modern Art) following its debut at The Wexner Center for the Arts. Bradford is a recent recipient of the MacArthur "Genius" Award. (new recipients to be announced September 28). His show is on view at The Wexner until October 10.
My installation will run concurrently with the remainder of Mark Bradford's show as well as the next round of exhbitions titled Six Solos which will open in November and run through February. I'm particularly excited to be showing with Erwin Redl, who works with LED lights and will be outdoors on the grid-fa√ßade. I absolutely adore his work. I'm also excited for the Tobias Putrih/MOS show too!
(below: Erwin Redl, "Flow" 2007)
I am working directly with the lobby, which is known for its "floating column".
(below: Eisenman's "floating column")
We're still working on the installation, which was designed spontaneously on-site via 3D modeling software. Here are some teaser shots of my work in progress, title is still in the works.
My website will have photos upon completion of the project. The installation opens on Tuesday, please come and see if you are in the Columbus Ohio area, or like to travel or drive.
This installation was inspired primarily by the supposed "death of print" and therefore, CMYK design. Thus my selection of cyan, yellow and magenta as my palette. The "off register" look of the striped walls was highly inspired by mis-printed cartoons, the printing process, mathematical progressions, the use of lines to create space, and the inherent translucency of the material, flagging tape.
Oh, and "Go Bucks!"