Time Equities Inc. (TEI) Art-in-Buildings (AiB) program will host a VIP Armory Show event next Saturday, March 8 at the 125 Maiden Lane Exhibition Space from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will feature highly-acclaimed multidisciplinary artist, Grimanesa Amorós, and her site-specific LED installation titled Breathless Maiden Lane.
The newest exhibit from AiB explores and reveals the building’s atrium architecture which is a glass, marble and granite space in New York’s Financial District that can also be seen from the street. As part of Amorós’ most recent series of LED ‘bubble sculptures,’ the work is suspended in the middle of the atrium, hovering above the ground as if weightless.
“To be a part of this year’s Armory Show is an exciting opportunity for Art-in-Buildings. It’s an occasion to share our projects in non-traditional exhibition spaces with a broad slice of the art world,” said Jennie Lamensdorf, curator of Time Equities Inc. Art-in-Buildings. “We are thrilled that Amorós developed this remarkable installation for 125 Maiden Lane. Her significant work involves those within the building and directly engages the neighborhood to render a sense of expanded community in Lower Manhattan.”
Grimanesa initially developed the concept of Breathless Maiden Lane by walking through the building and the neighborhood as well as researching the history of the property. She believes that the surroundings, the energy and the people create a busy area that produces an element of breathlessness.
“‘Breathless’ conjures the idea of excitement. When a viewer approaches my work, I want them to experience an intense response. New Yorkers have especially developed habits of dealing with the multitude of stimuli that surrounds us every day,” said Amorós. “When a viewer approaches the light installation, I want to override the viewer’s tendency to ignore their environment and increase their awareness of their surroundings.”
The exhibit will be open to the public beginning on March 26.
About Breathless Maiden Lane
This is Amorós’ latest sculpture representative of her newest body of work utilizing LED lights in combination with diffusive material and her signature “bubble” sculptures. Originally from Lima, Peru, Amorós draws from the distinctive Peruvian culture and landscape in her work. The bubbles recall the man-made islands floating on the surface of Lake Titicaca and the long lines of LED tubing allude to distinctive reeds that grow in northern Peru.
Although the work appears to defy gravity, a structural grid, designed to echo the building’s monumental windows, stands against the back wall of the atrium. This structure serves as the work’s spine, supporting the bubble sculptures and graceful LED lines. The lines stretch from the bubbles and structure to explore the architecture of the atrium in undulating loops. Some lines touch the window panes as if grasping for the street. The result is a marvelous tangle of coils, swirls and arcs. A dynamic pattern activates the LEDs, in four shades of white and a golden yellow, giving the workan ethereal quality. At night, reflections from Breathless Maiden Lane bounce off the high shine marble walls, stainless steel ceiling and windows to create an immersive environment of reflections on an endless feedback loop. Amorós researches the sites, histories and communities of any installation site; however her process remains organic and instinctive. This intuitive relationship to technology is a distinctive feature of Amorós’ practice. Some elements must be planned and programmed but others, such as the exact placement of the lines of lights, come to Amorós while she installs. In this sense, the technology does not determine but complements the aesthetics of her work. The glittering lights are undeniably spectacular, but it is the subtle nuances — the cadence of the custom lighting sequence revealing itself like a musical score — that compels continued and focused viewing.
Today, Amorós has exhibited internationally in the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America, and is the recipient of several grants, which include the National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artist Fellowship (Washington, DC), The Travel Grant Fund for Artists, NEA Arts International (New York, NY), and The Bronx Museum for the Arts: Aim Program (Bronx, NY), among many others.