Walls – A Quest for Immersive Space3

Submitted by Gary Paller

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Client: Produce Haus

Location: Los Angeles, CA, United States

Completion date: 2017

Artwork budget: $56,000

Project Team

Artist

Gary Paller

Client

Zadik Zadikian

Produce Haus

Overview

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.

Goals

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.

Process

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.

Additional Information

Read about it here in the Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/walls-a-quest-for-immersive-space-in-dtlas-newest_us_58ccbea8e4b0e0d348b34380