60 photographs printed on film fused to acrylic reflecting shadows. Extracted from hundreds of photographs documenting the construction of the Diana Center at Barnard College, designed by Weiss /Manfredi.
The art piece suggests contemplation on the complete sequence of events resulting in the newly built. Each image is composed of multiple photographs. Transcendence recognizes the ongoing and profound relationship between landscape and architecture. Each photograph manifests a subtle, shifting transition from day- break to twilight time. Marks of time are imprinted in the structural images, revealing nature as it cycles the seasons throughout the duration of the construction. The photographs use levels of transparency/opacity to highlight a timeline in transition: The time when the photograph was taken, juxtaposed to signs of present time, manifested by actual shadows which are created by each panel. The shadows echo Transcendence and temporariness, marking the present moment. These serial photographs create an abstract narrative that gradually unfolds from within a horizontal and vertical grid, capturing time, as a fluid event witnessed through close observation.
The art piece drew inspiration from the construction process, the interior design, and the reflections of architecture and nature on the exterior curtain wall. Red is a dominant color of furniture, elevators and benches, which inspired the artwork. Guided by everyone on team, the art piece reflects the work of the designers, and elevates the site.
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