You only get one chance at a first impression. The Indianapolis Museum of Art is constantly striving to make a great first impression on patrons, making its lobby space one of the most coveted and widely seen places for art exhibits in the entire museum. Whether you are at the museum to scope out the Indianapolis art galleries, to take in a film or to attend any of the numerous Indianapolis events at the IMA, everyone enters through this space. Check out the latest installation to take over the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s entrance by Heather Rowe.
A New York based installation artist, Heather Rowe has created the next site specific installation for the IMA’s Efroymson Family Entrance Pavilion series. The sculpture is on view now through August 1, 2010. Inspired by both architecture and Robert Altman’s 1977 film Three Women, Rowe will incorporate found objects from architectural remnant businesses around Indianapolis.
Through the combination of elements such as wood, sheet rock and metal, Rowe created a multifaceted structure that resembles an unfolding screen or series of freestanding walls. This sequence of cascading frames is completed with a collection of found interior furnishings including chairs, mirror frames, fireplace mantles and wallpaper. Using Robert Altman’s film as inspiration Rowe created a sense of three separate and unique characters.
The piece is a continuation of her work over the past decade creating architectural fragments with are complex abstract structures that engage with the space around them. In her IMA installation, Rowe creates silvers of rooms “often suggesting a three dimensional series of frames that can mimic a filmic sequence.” Each room is completed with decorative furnishings, wall paper, color choice etc. that might “make a space an expression of someone’s personality,” says Rowe. The addition of slivers of mirrors throughout the room like structures activate the structure by engaging viewers with their own reflection.
Assistant curator of contemporary art at the IMA, Alison Unruh, describes Rome’s focus, ” Heather Rowe’s sculptural installations combine an incredibly sophisticated sense of structure and from with a fascinating psychological charge, exploring how architectural space can manifest a sense of subjectivity.” Unrh goes on to say, “I am always impressed by how richly layered her work is, and how it rewards sustained and repeated viewing because it transforms so dramatically as one move around and views it from different perspectives.”
As an accomplished artists, Rowe’s work has been seen in museums across the United States around the world. Her resume includes showings at the 2008 Whitney Biennial, the D’Amelio Terras Gallery in New York, the Galerie Michael Zink in Munich, Museum 52, Art in General the Whitney Museum and White Columns all in New York. In addition, Rowe has been featured at the La Calmeleterie in Nazelles-Negron in France. She received her MFA from Columbia University School for the Arts and her BFA from Massachusetts College of Art.
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Art Installation by Heather Rowe
Now through August, 2010
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