Installations

INSTALLATIONS

Site-specific and temporary in nature, these projects are a response to a particular space and set of issues. They range from indoor to outdoor and evolve out of their setting.


Folded Terrain, 2012

Folded Tyvek Installation (14’ x 14’ x 7’); Halsted Street, Pilsen neighborhood, Chicago, IL.

As the film Between the Folds suggests, folding involves compaction and expansion and is found in many places and scales in our lives.  Geologic strata fold to create mountains, proteins in the brain, airbags in our car, the petals of a flower all fold or unfold as they function.  It is a means
to make a compact form out of something voluminous and to create three-dimensional structure from a flat plane of material.  

Folded Terrain, a temporary installation in a storefront window in Pilsen’s historic neighborhood, was an opportunity to explore work–in-progress for ASCENDance where the structures existed on their own without movement. During an evening performance, dancers performed in the window installation activating the space.


Photography: Jyoti Srivastava

 

Split Sycamore, 2005

Welded steel structure (7’ x 20’ x 10’); Herron School of Art, Indianapolis, IN.

Split Sycamore, installed on the new campus of the Herron School of Art, emerged from a wide split in the trunk of a sycamore tree located in front of the building.  As the name implies, it was intended to embody the energy of the tree and activate a space around it.  As the larger section of two welded-steel forms spiraled out of the split, a smaller section countered that movement, spiraling out in a different direction and on a different axis.

 

Wave, 2004 and 2005

Two welded steel structures (7’ x 25’ ea.); 55th Street and Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, Chicago, IL.

Wave is a site-specific installation for the City of Chicago’s Park District for the purpose of creating structures and plantings to interact with each other on two pre-existing kidney shaped, annual flowerbeds, each 70 feet long in the median at 55th Street and Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard.

The median is an island viewed from a distance, either by car from the street or while crossing the street by foot.  The forms of the plantings derived from ebb and flow patterns in water.  Rhythm and punctuation came from altering the height and texture of the plants.  Movement occurred both within the beds, as well as through the season, as the plants grew and developed.

Two pairs of curved steel trellises were built and anchored in the beds, their structure evolving from forms of waves.  The curves emphasized the flow of traffic around the median and echoed the shape of the planted beds.  Plantings were designed to emerge out of (and, ultimately, to cover) the steel structures in the summer.  When the plants died back in the winter, the trellis structures floated on the surface of the ground like interlaced branches.