Archives

« A Photographer and a Writer Walk into a Museum | Eye Level Home | SAAM Arcade: Let the Video Games Begin »

Mind the Gap: Parallax Gap Now Open at the Renwick Gallery
June 29, 2017


Parallax Gap Installation

Parallax Gap is made of separate layers that were assembled in the Renwick's Bettie Rubenstein Grand Salon.

Parallax Gap, an architecturally-inspired work on view at SAAM's Renwick Gallery, is suspended from the ceiling of the Bettie Rubenstein Grand Salon and runs the length of the room. Created in a series of layers, it depicts nine different ceilings of iconic American buildings from the 19th and 20th centuries—some contemporaneous with the design and construction of the Renwick, beginning in 1859. The installation plays with the ideas of depth and perspective, offering the viewer a multitude of vantage points to explore the work. It is based on the concept of parallax—how the distance or depth of objects appears to vary when viewed from different lines of sight. It riffs on both Western and Eastern concepts of perspective through trompe l'oeil effects and multiple vanishing points, creating a sense of soaring volume and the illusion of both real and abstracted architectural space.

During the past few weeks, we've watched as the installation was assembled on the ground, raised to the top of the Grand Salon, and then beautifully lit.

Parallax Gap Installation

The precise work of adding LED strips to the installation.


Parallax Gap Installation

With Parallax Gap in place, members of the team add finishing touches.

Here is a timelapse of Parallax Gap's installation:

Parallax Gap was designed by FreelandBuck, an architectural design practice based in New York and Los Angeles. Independent curator Helen B. Bechtel coordinated the installation. It will remain on view until February 11, 2018.

Posted by Howard on June 29, 2017 in American Art Here, American Craft


Comments

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Working...
Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been saved. Comments are moderated and will not appear until approved by the author. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.

Working...

Post a comment

Lively discussions and different opinions are encouraged. Questionable language, off-topic comments, and flames will either be edited or deleted. Comments are moderated and will not appear on Eye Level until they have been approved.



Related Posts with Thumbnails