Sunday, September 1, 2013

Plexus no. 19

Writing, as I do, on Chiharu Shiota, I tend to have a bit of a soft spot for large-scale installations that use thread to transform space. So when I saw a photograph of Gabriel Dawe's Plexus no. 19 this morning, I had to share it.

Created for the Miniartextil contemporary art exhibition, the spectrum of dyed threads electrifies its early 19th-century site; Villa Olmo (Como, Italy), whose own ornate beauty is severed by the introduction of the colored vectors. And when the sun shines in from above, it too is severed, creating new patterns of shadow and light that complicate the simpler trajectory of the installation's threads.