DEFYING GRAVITY, an Installation for Cassina
Many of my paintings are intended for installations. This is the one I developed for Cassina, a high-end Italian design space in SOHO New
York. The space is about 5,000 square feet with high ceilings and walls that span over 35 feet. When I was invited to exhibit my work there, I was so inspired by the space that I chose to create a site-specific installation. Having no floor plans available to me, I measured out space. I took into consideration that this was a showroom open to the public, so I could not design work to put on the floor, as I often do in the Ara Pacis series. The ceilings have a variety of piping, so work could not be mounted on the ceilings. All the installation pieces were flat and mounted directly on the wall.
These installation images will take you on a tour from the front entrance, to the landing at the top of the stairs. The installation opened up the space of this already monumental location. Groupings of two, three, or more paintings appeared to exist in a boundless space, activating entire walls. On-site November-December 2011.