Crocheted Fiberglass > 2008 / 2007

Geometric architectural grid crocheted fiberglass and polyester resin wall sculpture based on the number pi  by Yvette Kaiser Smith
Identity Sequence RW pi
Side views in varied light
Crocheted fiberglass with polyester resin.
88” x 112” x 6”

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… 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.