Exhibition of Celestial Bodies will be the emergence of my work transitioning from private into the public space. The exhibition will open in October of 2012.
I plan to create a total of two hundred light vessels that will unite into a series of light installations. I will compose the fixtures in a manner that will visually interact with the architecture of the building. There will be a cluster of light vessels concentrated on the two southeast corner windows. Individual fixtures will trickle lyrically from the mass.
My pieces are created through playful acts of slip casting and painting porcelain slip. The outcome is anthropomorphic light vessels that I articulate in a way to confront the viewer. My work revolves around the act of synthesizing materials and space in conjunction with light.
I use porcelain, in an unconventional way, for its’ translucent qualities. I create containers of light that are a production of paper‐thin pieces. The varied thickness of the material distributes the light, producing undulating hues. The textural thicknesses of the materials are revealed when the light illumes, elucidating the transient states of porcelain, beginning as a creamy liquid and transforming into a rigid and vitreous form. The light exposes the action and movement of the material and its former liquidity.
The exhibition dates will be from October 2012‐December 2012. BNIM is located in the historic Kansas City Power & Light building. Celestial Bodies will be installed in the space for a total of three months, beginning the month of October and ending in December. The extended duration of the exhibition provides a greater possibility for exposure to the public as well as a chance for the BNIM architects and their clients to become intimately engaged with the installation.
The light installations are intended to engage with the public, on the outside of the window as well as the viewers on the opposite side of the building. Observers from blocks away will see a horizon of porcelain globes that will strike curiosity to draw them closer.
This is a proposal for funding my light installation to be installed in the ten storefront windows of BNIM. For a portion of the budget, I have been awarded an Inspiration Grant from the ArtsKC Fund of the Council of Metropolitan Kansas City. The total funds will go towards the purchase of materials such as electrical components for wiring (transformers, adapters, & electrical wire), LED bulbs, and raw dry goods to mix porcelain slip.
The installation is designed with the intent of being versatile and flexible. The pieces have potential to be used in other spaces with minor adjustments. The objects can be rearranged depending on the space or be shown as individual illuminated pieces.
The KCPL building is described as the centerpiece of the Power & Light district. It is intended to showcase burgeoning artists in an environment that attracts a diverse range of people.
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