Drawing the Invisible

Submitted by Wendy Letven

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Client: Flatiron Prow Artspace

Location: Clifton, NJ, United States

Completion date: Jan 01, 2018

Artwork budget: $4,500

Project Team

Art Consultant

Cheryl McGinnis

Cheryl McGinnis Gallery

Artist

Wendy Letven

Artist

Gary Fredriksen

Overview

In “Drawing the Invisible”, I have culled lines and patterns of growth from a range of sources to create a complex drawing in three-dimensional space. Tracing the points of the New York City subways, warps and ripples seen in diagrams of space-time and the branching pattern of nerves in the human eye, among other things, I am giving material form to these fragments of information and bits of visual language. The installation consists of acrylic painted laser cut aluminum.

Goals

My goals for the project was to form a unique, interwoven and flowing cacaphony of line, color and light that mirrored both seen and imagined vital energies that converge at the bustling historic location of the Flatiron building on fifth Avenue in Manhattan. In my work I seek to engage the viewer with ambiguous signs and symbols resulting in an open-ended decoding experience.

Process

The installation was curated by Cheryl McGuinnis Projects. She had seen a previous exhibit I had created and felt that the juxtaposition of industrial versus organic motifs in my work would be a perfect fit for the space. After installing the piece we lit the project with professional lights of different colors, so the piece would stand out in one of the most visually energetic and highly-trafficked corners of New York City.

Additional Information

The installation was written up on Gotham.go and was on view from September 2018 to April 2019.