Showing posts with label installation. Show all posts
Showing posts with label installation. Show all posts

Friday, January 16, 2015

Transformed Spaces




I was thrilled to have had the opportunity for my first solo exhibition this past December.


My show Transformed Spaces consisted of two sculptural installations; Infinite Possibilities and The Spaces We Inhabit.  It considered the symmetry of the urban landscape and explored the physical and mental boundaries of the public and private spaces we inhabit.  


 Infinite Possibilities is a wall installation consisting of 30 unique wall cubes, each utilizing similar and familiar materials yet each recognizing its own distinctive space.  Spaces We Inhabit is an installation of a dozen, twelve foot high columns of encaustic and fiber sculptures created by altering 2-dimensional paintings.  This transformation acknowledges another kind of space; one of visual repetitiveness and change. 
 

Transformed Spaces was installed in the Art on Armitage Gallery window December 1, 2015 and was up throughout the month.  I was lucky enough to have the assistance of my husband Doug.  He did all of the ladder work, installing the ceiling hooks which held the sculptural columns. 


I had laid out the cubes of the wall installation Infinite Possibilities days earlier in my studio but found that once I was at Art on Armitage,  I ended up playing around with the final layout which involved popping outside a number of times in order to get the over all feeling of the piece. 

 


ART ON ARMITAGE is a window gallery in Chicago that brings art out of the confines of the traditional art gallery and into the realm of the public.

Many thanks to all of you who were able to see my show and thank you to Mary Ellen Croteau at Art on Armitage for this opportunity.  

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Spaces We Inhabit part two



In my last post I talked about my preparation for the exhibit "Spaces We Inhabit" and the two sculptural installations I created for this show.  This post is a collection of images from the exhibition.  


  
"Spaces We Inhabit" at the Hairpin Arts Center, Chicago.


               
Me with my installation Spaces We Inhabit.  It consisted of 7 ceiling-hung columns, each 15' long.  The cubes themselves vary in size from 1.5"x1.5"x1.5" to 4.5"x4.5"x4.5".


                                          
Infinite Possibilities on the wall to the left.  The Power of Place and Make No Little Plans on pedestals.  On the wall - two paintings by Mary Zeran between two paintings by Emily Rutledge.


 
Moving Day on the wall to the left, Place on the pedestal, paintings by Emily Rutledge on the wall and a peek of my installation Spaces We Inhabit between the wall and column.

 
Emily Rutledge (left) and Mary Zeran.



 
The 7 columns of Spaces We Inhabit .


 
A detail shot of Spaces We Inhabit.



 
This side of the display walls are viewable from the street and include three paintings in the foreground by Emily Rutledge and a painting by Mary Zeran.  Two columns of Spaces We Inhabit are visible at the end.


 
Make No Little Plans on the pedestal and Infinite Possibilities on the wall in the background.


 
The artists of "Spaces We Inhabit" - myself, Mary Zeran and Emily Rutledge.


Four of my sculptures were displayed on pedestals.

Indecision

Place

     The Power of Place

Make No Little Plans





Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Spaces We Inhabit


 
Back in November of 2013, artists Mary Zeran and Emily Rutledge approached me with the idea of putting together a proposal for an exhibition of our work.  What evolved was “Spaces We Inhabit: Sculptures and Paintings by Alicia Forestall-Boehm, Emily Rutledge and Mary Zeran” at the Hairpin Arts Center in Chicago.  I was familiar with Hairpin having exhibited my encaustic and fiber Vessels in the center’s inaugural exhibition “Come Together”.  
 
Vessel 12, Vessel 14, Vessel 20 on shelves to the right.
Mary Ellen Croteau's work to the left
Come Together, Hairpin Arts Center
 
It is a beautiful light-filled windowed space situated in a historical building in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. In my last blog post "Winter Exhibition News" I mused about turning a new wall hanging sculpture, “Place”, into a multi-piece installation.
 
100+ feet of cotton rope for my ceiling hung sculpture, Spaces We Inhabit

 
My vision of the a multi-columned hanging sculpture was just the challenging project that would amply fill the long cold Chicago winter days.  And this is how my ceiling hung installation “Spaces We Inhabit”, named after the exhibit that inspired its creation, came to be.  In addition, I wanted to create a wall installation of 25 unique cubes.  Each cube began with a 3.5”x3.5”3.5” wooden cube form.  The materials for the cubes ranged from encaustic to fiber to paper, twine and wire. 
 
Cubes, in progress, for Infinite Possibilities
 
I entitled this work “Infinite Possibilities” as each cubes’ unique design stemmed from paintings and sculpture that I had made in the past.  The small size of my studio, which would likely be described as “cozy” in the real estate world, slowly shrank as each column and cube was completed. 
 
Pile of columns!
Detail of columns of
Places We Inhabit
 
As the drop off date for the exhibition approached I began to ask myself if I had bitten off more than I could chew with the decision to create two new large-scale sculptural installation works!  My initial plan to create 7, 15” columns was achieved but “Infinite Possibilities” shrank to 15 cubes.  While the final number of cubes made my plan of a grid-design impossible, I was very happy with the resulting asymmetrical installation.

 
 
“Spaces We Inhabit: Sculptures and Paintings by Alicia Forestall-Boehm, Emily Rutledge and Mary Zeran” at the Hairpin Arts Center, Logan Square, Chicago.  May 9-June 8, 2014
 Opening Reception: Friday, May 9th, 6-9pm

Monday, December 2, 2013

Winter Exhibition News


Place (detail)
 
I’m sending two of my newest sculptures to Florida this month.  I am especially pleased that both were accepted as it was the first time I had submitted either for an exhibition.  Place is the largest work I have created to date, measuring 6’7”, twice that if it is laid out from end to end.  I plan to pursue Place as a series that will be hung as a multi-piece installation.

Place 
6’7”hx8”wx4.5”d 

 encaustic, cheesecloth, cotton cord, foam  

Passages has been a work in progress.  I made the base last year and it sat off to the side in my studio waiting for inspiration.  Over time this base changed shape until I came upon the decidedly boat-like form it is today.  It then returned again to that “place of contemplation” off to the side in my studio until one day I spied the roll of copper wire I had in a container of wire and cords.  I really like the combination of metal with wax and fiber.  The small sections of copper wire impale the smooth waxed surface of the form bringing a menacing sense to this simple, still and serene form.  This certainly might be my love-hate relationship with water coming out.  Nothing would make me happier than to sit on the porch of a beach house looking and listening to the ocean all day but you would be hard pressed to get me in that same water.
Passages (detail)
Place and Passages are both included in "Big Bad Wax" at the Mount Dora Center for the Arts in Mount Dora, Florida.  This national juried encaustic exhibition was juried by Kim Bernard and Susan Loden.  This exhibition runs January 10 – March 2, 2014.  The opening reception is January 10, 2014, 6-8pm.
http://mountdoracenterforthearts.org/ 
 

       Passages
2”hx18”wx5”d     
encaustic, cheesecloth, copper wire

As many of you know, I am a member of FUSEDChicago, a group of Chicago area artists using the encaustic medium.   One of our missions is to advance public awareness of encaustic art through exhibitions of member work.   This is a group of extremely talented artists and so the many group exhibitions that have been held have been truly excellent events. 

http://www.fusedchicago.org/
 
               Make No Little Plans    
9”x9” cube
encaustic, cheesecloth on wood panels  

 
I am happy that Make No Little Plans is included in the next FUSEDChicago group exhibition, “Fused” held at the Union Street Gallery in Chicago Heights, Illinois.  The show is curated by  Jessica Segal and will run from January 15 – February 8, 2014.  The opening reception is January 17, 2014.
 
http://www.unionstreetgallery.org/exhibits.htm


Holiday wishes to everyone and many thanks for your support!