Side views in varied light
This grid is constructed from 429 panels in 11 rows and 19 columns. Thinking about a medical lab, specifically glass tiles and blood samples, I settled on two colors, white and red. The white is really a translucent colorless resin and the red is expressed in multiple shades of red. The two colors are alternated to articulate the digits, for example, the sequence 31415 looks like: 3 red, 1 white, 4 red, 1 white, 5 red. A second pass over the grid articulates the same digits with the 5”x5” wall-parallel panels, alternating floating and recessed, so that 3 panels float, 1 is recessed, 4 float, 1 is recessed, 5 float, and so on. The small panels are joined together to form 4 somewhat equally sized vertical sections.
The side view on the left is from Digits, a 2008 solo exhibition at Alfedena Gallery, Chicago,photographed by James Prinz www.jamesprinzphotography.com/James_Pri? It was hung on a clean white gallery wall with good gallery lighting, next to a wall of windows during daytime so this image represents mixed lighting.
The side view on the right is from Art Loop Open, a 2010 group exhibition at Block 37, a Chicago shopping mall. The work was installed on the second floor, on a greyish putty colored wall, and relied on available interior light. It felt like a completely different piece. The low lighting and colored wall helped to emphasize negative spaces; it made the grid more solid and really focused on the movement and relationships between the white and red patterns.