An installation for the (e)merge art fair in Southwest DC at the Capitol Skyline Hotel. I was honored to be chosen to participate along with other talented artists to showcase my work.
Pioneer of modern architecture Mies Van der Rohe is known to have said: “Less is More.” Morris Lapidus, prolific mid-century architect of the Capitol Skyline Hotel less famously retorted: “Too Much is Never Enough.” This sentiment captures his uniquely American sense of excess and play. It is between these two statements that this installation emerged as I attempted to assert my own aesthetic vision.
Initially, I was drawn to the distinct structure of the Capitol Skyline façade, looking simultaneously uneasily retro and futuristic. I delved into Lapidus’ design philosophies, and they became touchstones that guided the formation of the piece: the use of bright colors, curves, and masses of shapes were all hallmarks of his ebullient, populist-centered architecture. Though strongly influenced by Lapidus, I aimed to bring my own artistic concerns to the space. My relationship to the material, plastic ball pit balls, is tinged with nostalgia and memories of exhilarating play as a child. The gesture itself is an attempt to create sculpture that holds its own against the hotel, creating a direct dialogue between building and artwork.
Though I know that I would find it difficult to exist in a Van der Rohe “Less is More” world, I think I’m also unsure of the stability of Lapidus’ “Too Much is Never Enough.” Still, it is a fun place to stay for a while.