Janet Echelman – almost fabric

29Mar10

I’ve had the work of Janet Echelman tucked away in my bibliography spreadsheet for a while now. As my exploration hones in on the body, looking at this work and the way it drapes and gently shapes space is somehow calming and comforting. Many of her monumental pieces use netting to, “reshape[s] urban airspace with monumental public sculptures that respond to environmental forces including wind, water, and sunlight” (from the biography on Ms. Echelman’s site). The work appears so ephemeral and light. It seems to be both photogenic and beautifully shot; it’s certainly worthwhile to take a few minutes to explore Ms. Echelman’s portfolio of work.

I chose this photo to show here since there happens to be a person standing under the piece (Eye of the Storm); if I squint I can see it as an infrastructural costume.

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