The Light Column II (2014) @ New Haven ArtSpace
** Commissioned by New Haven ArtSpace for the 'Alternative Space' site-specific exhibition at the New Haven Armory (2014)
** Selected for the New Haven ArtSpace curator tour led by Theresa Choi of Storm King, New York
A tall, hanging column (35 feet in height) made of thin film passes through the central void of the staircase. This project heightens one's experience of the stairwell by both contrasting and emphasizing the existing characteristics of the space.
The long column subverts the perception of gravity by inverting the structural forces at play. The column is supported by tension instead of compression; it is therefore an architectural element that serves no structural function, to contrast and draw emphasis to the practicality of the staircase. The hanging column is everything the staircase is not. Its purpose is to draw attention to the "unseen" - the ephemeral and vertical central space - which is normally overwhelmed by the heavy, blockiness of the stair. The translucency of the film picks up and activate the existing fluorescent light from the ceiling, as well as the natural light coming in from the window. The column glows, ethereal, compared to the solid, corporeal stair.
The column is made up of a tension field lattice. The rhythmic nature of the lattice relates to the prescriptive rhythm inherent to any staircase. The rotation of the viewer around the hanging column creates a constantly changing view of the seemingly simple lattice structure, drawing attention to the everyday circulation one makes around the staircase.
(Site-specific installation, 2014. Cinegel film, wood, armory bricks, and found materials.)
Special thanks and assistance: New Haven ArtSpace: Scott Schuldt, Grey Freeman, Helen Kauder, Sarah Fritchey, Shelli Stevens; Yale School of Architecture: Elena Baranes, Alissa Chastain, Stanley Cho, John Eberhart, Mun Hee Lee, Ben Pell, Mahdi Sabbagh, Ben Smith, Sarah Smith, Amy Su, Zach Veach, Perry Wexelberg