All of that reading seeps into the work in one way or another. There is also material research that is very important. Many of my sculptures take years to develop because I have to find the right materials or the right way to use them. For instance I’ll be showing some new sculptures in NY this September, and to make those, it took two years of testing to find the right weight of metal, the right type of plating, the best way to plate this metal, etc.
What role does light have in your installations and why?
Light is everything. It’s crucially important in my work. It is ineffable and ever changing, but it can be “captured” in reflection. If one collaborates with light in a spirit of respect, it can create a sense of life, presence and mystery.
Where do you think is the best physical position for your works? Can you describe your imaginary space.
The best space for my work is a room in which there is lots of natural light, because with natural light, the work can become truly alive. I imagine a room with concrete floor and a huge skylight or a room with one glass wall facing the desert or a green forest.
What are you working on at the moment?
I have a show coming up at Derek Eller Gallery in New York City, in September. This show was supposed to happen in April but was delayed because of the pandemic. I’ve had these past few very strange months to work alone in my studio, and during that time, I’ve been making work that explores light and time using wood, discarded rubber bicycle inner tubes and copper washers. I wanted to capture the idea of compressed time in sculptural form. The material metaphor was found in the discarded inner tubes that contain, in their physical history, many miles traveled and many hours spent traveling those miles. Distance= time. The tires are further folded and pleated onto the surface of the panels so as to increase the amount of hours the panels can contain. Light reflecting off the copper washers contrasts the dense black time of the tubes. Light has time embedded in it as well, but it feels like an infinite and weightless time. The speed of light is the fastest known speed in the universe and a bicyclist is quite slow in comparison. We experience both of these types of time simultaneously. I am fascinated by time because it’s another “force” which absolutely dominates our lives and yet we barely understand it.