Client: Produce Haus
Location: Los Angeles, CA, United States
Completion date: 2017
Artwork budget: $56,000
My installation consists of 40 1ft x 2ft sheets of plexiglass painted on the reverse side with acrylic paint. The pieces follow 20 steps up the stairs, so they are stacked in columns of 2 of these sheets vertical, heading up the stars 20 feet. So the whole piece is 4ft x 20ft, although as the move up the stairs there is a 7inch step up for each column.
To create an artwork do ignite the space of a stairwell. The piece reflects the stairs themselves, stepping up to the next level. Each column of plexiglass echoes the steps below, gliding along a foot above the bannister, they read like steps on the wall, with the horizontal and vertical bands of the pieces structurally aligned with the architecture of the space. The concept of the whole project is to make the walls be the art.
The head of the project, Zadik Zadikian, invited me to participate based on the current work going on in my studio. He assigned me the stairwell and proposed his idea of a tile-like arrangement on the wall. We initially thought of drawings to be flushed against plexiglass frames, but I came up with the idea of painting directly on the plexiglass.
Read about it here in the Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/walls-a-quest-for-immersive-space-in-dtlas-newest_us_58ccbea8e4b0e0d348b34380