Thanks to everyone that came out to my opening on July 8th. The show is up for one more week, through the 29th, at the Delaware Division of the Arts, Mezzanine Gallery in Wilmington, DE.
This show was a challenge to hang. The Mezzanine Gallery has a hanging system and you are not permitted to put a hook or nail in the walls. For any kind of installation work this poses a huge problem. Even for paintings it’s less than ideal because they lurch out from the walls. I used 2 kinds of bumpers stacked on top of each other behind the paintings. One with a sticky backing was stuck to the canvas and then a rubber furniture leg was placed over it and braced against the wall. It bumped the paintings out and looked good but even minor adjustments were impossible without the bumpers falling out and rolling across the floor. I ended up super gluing everything to the back of the paintings. The Bubbles sculpture, made out of silk and dye looked great on a custom light box made by my friend Steve Ruszkowski. The large sculpture was a whole other challenge to hang.
Prior to this installation I had worked out some of the hanging issues in my studio. I strung lines of crocheted fishing line between two metal bars that I then nailed into the walls of my studio in the corner. Crocheting the fishing line made it strong but also provided loops that I could hook small S hooks into, to make adjustments on the lines easier.
In the gallery I was able to nail these bars into the hanging system down behind the rail that is visible so no damage was done to the system. Since the hanging system is 10 feet from the floor and I had it hung 7 feet from the floor in my studio I thought I could repeat what I had in the studio by adding 3 feet to my existing lines. I started out this way but half way through I realized I needed to abandon the mathematical approach. I needed to just react to what I had and move the individual pieces up, down, back and forth until it came together as a whole. This process takes quite a few trips up and down a ladder and stepping back and looking at it from all angles. This is where this piece is more installation than sculpture. Installing it in a corner luckily I was only dealing with 90 degrees of viewing angles not 360.
I’m rested up now and ready to take on the challenge of hanging the sculpture in Philadelphia, out from the wall with access to view it from 360 degrees. Stay tuned for more information.