A current installation at the Wexner Center for the Arts “Six Solos” show, Megan Geckler‘s “Spread the Ashes of the Colors” has been a resounding hit and we are happy to share it with our readers. A time lapse video of the installation, additional photos, press quotes an the artist statement all after the break.
“Spread the ashes of the colors” – is a site specific drawing in space inside the iconic deconstructivist architectural example, the Wexner Center for the Arts, designed by Peter Eisenman, one of the NY Five. (Here is a photo of what the lobby looked like before my project was installed.) This piece was designed and created entirely on site over the span of 12 continuous days. A HD time-lapse video is posted that shows the entire installation process – set to the music from which the title was taken – Arcade Fire’s “Neighborhood (Tunnels)”
ARTIST STATEMENT: I always make one single work for each space, they are custom-built and site-specific – definitely not typical sculpture (that can be shipped from place to place and easily installed). These installations become a part of the space and use the architecture as not only a construction to work from and tie into, but also as inspiration for the form of the piece. In this case, the grid-like beams and columns that are signatures of Peter Eisenman’s Wexner Center architecture provided the inspiration for the design of “Spread the ashes of the colors”. Generally, I think about how the viewer is going to encounter the work from all different angles, entrances and exits, inside and outside. In these works, there is a sense of play, but also seriousness because obviously these pieces take hundreds of hours to make by hand as these pieces are always giant – this one takes up all available space within the gallery lobby. The process starts with a visit, sketches, and then computer models in which we design the piece, then we step into a white box, storefront, stairwell, or in this case a cinder-block/drywall Project Space, and we begin. The process is pretty straight-forward, after 12 years of making this type of work – we have encountered all sorts of installation issues, but they just make the work more challenging and interesting.