Cave Crawl, 2012, 140 x 120 x 90 in., LEDs, wire, Polycam, cave.
This piece originated in a cave in Cappadocia, Turkey, during an artist residency at the Babayan Cultural Institute. The feeling of scrambling through a disorienting maze of ancient caves during my morning walks translated into a maze of colored light. Villagers visiting this cave were delightfully disoriented, reacting spontaneously by interacting with their cell phone lights.
This piece turns out to be the precursor for a new piece, coming to Five Myles Gallery in 2019, called A Sound of Light appearing around the bend. It will be completely interactive, and live dance performances will further animate the piece. See the “News” section for more details.
After Dan Flavin: Marfa, 2004, 150 x 144 x 120 in., filament, powdered pigment, latex.
Made for a show at the Tenri Cultural Center, NY, NY, from filaments dipped in latex and powdered pigment, hung in clusters of intensely saturated color to form new spaces. Intriguing for their ephemeral quality and visual ambiguity, these pieces are physically dependent upon and perceptually modify the existing architecture. The color-saturated spaces, seductive and inviting, beckon the viewer to enter, even though sometimes that is not possible. From one vantage point, the colors make up a particular shape, and from another view the field becomes an abstract mass of colorful lines. When the viewer is close to or inside the piece, the questions of focus and perception come into play. At very close range, depth perception breaks down and the optical experience becomes one of disorientation and denial of associative or symbolic value for the sake of pure sensual indulgence.
Resonant Madder, detail, 2009, powdered pigment and latex on filament.
Site specific installation made for the inauguration of the new art building at Adelphi University, Garden City, NY.
Between Isoindoline 2003, 144 x 58 x 68 in., latex, powdered pigment, fiament.
Made for an exhibit in London of more than 350 hanging filaments covered with latex and powdered pigment, it was the first piece of its kind that the viewer could walk completely through. Isoindoline is a very intense orange pigment.
Azurro Ultramurino, 2002, 120 x 70 x 60 in., latex and powdered pigment over filament.
Made for a show at RXArts, a pharmacy space in lower Manhattan, the intense blue colored strings formed the shape of a beaker when viewed from a specific angle.
400 Danglers, 2002, 84 x 48 x 48 in. plaster, wax, cord.
Site specific piece made in a warehouse with 26 foot ceilings, in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
Song from the Sky, 2009, 138 x 144 x 120 in., LEDs, wire, mussel shells.
Created for the Islip Art Museum's Carriage House, the inspiration for this piece was the experience of resting on the forest floor during a long hike in the woods, and noticing the late-afternoon light dappling down through the leaf canopy.