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Y-Axis

By November 8, 2008May 31st, 2020No Comments

Y-Axis was a sculptural installation, a forest of columns, occupying an hour glass volume of space centered below the four overhead beams in the Diego Rivera Gallery in San Francisco.  A composition of vertically suspended and floor placed structures mimicked stalactites and stalagmites.  Materials included columns composed of lightweight plastic, wood, and wire.

At the center of the structure were 3 monitors playing a looped video entitled, “Arbol del Tule“.  The video recreated the experience of circling the widest tree in the world located in Oaxaca, Mexico.  The piece was an epistemological critique of a sight-seers marker within the context of a contemporary art gallery.

Brandon Truscott and Andrés Garcia Franco were my collaborators.

 

Y-AXIS from kinoandres on Vimeo.

 

The opening was attended by internationally known curators Hou Hanrou and Okwui Enwezor, both were quite impressed.  Below are a few pictures of the piece as it was installed.

Y-Axis, Collaborative Installation by John Kenneth Melvin, Brandon Truscott, Andrés Garcia Franco in the Diego Gallery, San Francisco, 2008. Photo by Christophe Pillat

Y-Axis, Collaborative Installation by John Kenneth Melvin, Brandon Truscott, Andrés Garcia Franco in the Diego Gallery, San Francisco, 2008. Photo by Christophe Pillat

Y-Axis, Collaborative Installation by John Kenneth Melvin, Brandon Truscott, Andrés Garcia Franco in the Diego Gallery, San Francisco, 2008. Photo by Christophe Pillat

Y-Axis, Collaborative Installation by John Kenneth Melvin, Brandon Truscott, Andrés Garcia Franco in the Diego Gallery, San Francisco, 2008. Photo by Christophe Pillat

Y-Axis, Collaborative Installation by John Kenneth Melvin, Brandon Truscott, Andrés Garcia Franco in the Diego Gallery, San Francisco, 2008. Photo by Christophe Pillat

 

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