Facing the Light (2020)
A large-scale and site-specific installation utilizing parachute cord and magnets.
Included in 'Not so Concrete', an exhibition supported by a grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
This site-specific installation is part of an ongoing series of sculptural works that embody the precarious balance between order and chaos by using magnets to highlight the tenuous bond between a firm grip and total lack of control. The tension manifest in the gap between an object and a magnet that is constantly acting on it but never able to completely pull it in is at the heart of all the works in the series. ‘Facing the Light’ has the added dimension of articulating the very space it occupies by morphing its basic architectural outlines of right angles into a curvilinear plane. The individual magnets held in suspended tension in mid air trace the outline of that curved plane, while simultaneously being anchored to the shape of the space on the other end.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the exhibition was never installed and only an online version of it exists. As a result, the work was never installed. The images below were created using design photos of the installation superimposed on photos of the space.