From Below: Opening Reception
This January I had the the privilege of exhibition my work at another amazing rural Minnesota: Lord Grizzly Gallery in Luverne Minnesota. This is another one of those amazing spaces that you would never predict to be in a town of less than 2,000.
One of my favorite features of this space is the windows that comprise the entire front of the gallery. Coffey Contemporary is a former storefront and retaining this feature makes it an ideal location for installation art. It was a great experience working with this feature—finding capitalize on the light and angles was especially challenging and rewarding.
My original vision for this show was to create a set of windows within the modular piece Archival Structure 5 (more details on this piece can be found in the Feature section). The idea was to create a situation in which the viewer would have an ambiguous experience of who was within and who without a walled space, or who was on the inside and who the outside of a protective wall. The windows that comprise the front of the space created an additional visual layer of observing and being observed.
The windows and the light increase the sense of observing as well as participating in communication, and the essential illusion of inside and outside, together and separate, us and them.
The interaction of the natural light with the bubbles on Archival Structure 11 was an unexpected bonus.
I feel like the big front windows are a great way to entice the people of Luverne—many of whom may have never had a direct experience of contemporary art—to take a chance and step inside. I’d like to think that the view I created from the windows had some affect on the good turn out for the opening.
One of my favorite parts of an installation of Archival Structure 5 is people making and/or choosing bricks to adopt. The people of Luverne were great in this regard! Its a great pleasure to invite them into the process.
I have been experimenting with lighting the spherical Archival Structures., and the windows created an opportunity to entice the passing viewer in another way.
I will miss this one! It will be hard to get the image of this natural light out of my mind! But I look forward to working with my new collaborators and continuing to mine the ever-deepening implications of windows and walls.