Rachel Mica Weiss, Twelve Tilted Planes, 2017. Hand-strung tencel thread, maple. 150" x 124" x 59"
A two-person presentation for L&L Holding's ongoing Public Art Series
by Uprise Art with artist Christina Watka
On View January 8th - June 30th, 2017
200 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY
Looking to the structural elements of the landmark space as her framework, Rachel Mica Weiss’ “Twelve Tilted Planes” creates interventions that are rooted in the craft of weaving—its technical processes, historical use and relationship to architecture. Hand-strung on site, these labor-intensive installations reference the repetitious act of warping—the measuring, threading, and tensioning of thousands of threads into the loom. While these walls of thread control space, they also seem to move and shift when viewed from different points.
The composition of Weiss' installation further emphasizes the site-specificity. Mimicking the feeling created by the entryway's grand, illuminated arch, Weiss explains, "the grounded tension and tapered form of the installation open upward and expand toward the arch above. The woven metal facades in the lobby are also referenced in the materials and processes I used to create the work; their reflections in the glass allow for an overlap of the woven metal and woven thread forms."