The edge of madness. Also, Sol le Witt at Mass MoCA

Photo by Elizabeth Emery MoriOkay "madness" is a little dramatic but I am a touch delirious after a day of teaching followed by a night of installing. Tape and tape and little bits of paper and more tape...I never get as much done as I'd like, but it's coming.

I put in a solid ten hours on Monday and it felt great. I've been stressed out about how much there still is to do and how few blocks of time I have to do it. While I can get a fair bit done in one spot in two hours, there's nothing like an unbroken stretch where I can dig in, spread out, and cover ground.

It's pretty funny really as the entire thing is self-imposed. This project is for no reason other than that I feel compelled to do it. I'm an artist, so help me God (please, like could you magically extend this ladder so I can reach the ceiling, that would be huge).

You'd think the most efficient thing when faced with seeming acres of wall to cover would be to keep it minimal, yet perversely I tend to get more elaborate. For me efficiency is making it work in a way that I like. I do best when I'm excited about the plan.

Each area of the piece now has a name - the Smear, the Pour, the Drip, the Sonic Boom, the Sol le Witt Awning...this last along with the Fire Extinguisher may be my favorite part. It's influenced by my trip to Mass MoCA in December and the Wall Drawings I saw there, filling three floors and my eyes with geometry, color, line and shape, ideas bursting in every variation le Witt could conceive.

My tribute is ripped, cut and stuck, and very much not measured or ruled.

Today I found that with the direct sun on that wall in the afternoon (there was in fact some sun today) some of the strips had peeled off the wall or delaminated as I said wryly to myself as if giving it a technical name might help me maintain a calm approach to the problem. I'll have to figure out a firmer way to attach them.

I spent tonight unifying the stairwell down across the window and up the other side toward the exit sign at the top, then beginning to finesse the Pour into shape. I'm excited by how it's coming together. Yet there's so much more I want to do.

Instead of being a finished, static show that goes up and is done, it will continue to grow all the way up until the closing reception.

Which is appropriate given that I am always teaching my students that art is process. This entire thing is a gigantic experiment both in area and in concept. I don't know yet if it's working. I don't think I'll know till after today's frenzy.
Sol le Witt at Mass MoCA