I honestly don’t think I’ve ever gasped at art before, at least not until seeing Swoon’s immense installation at Art In The Streets. There are few things that are amazing about her installation that gave me such a sense of awe. First, it’s in a room of it’s own, that has to be at least 30 feet tall. There are two entrances to the room, one is the through the front which is masked by some currents, the second is through the Spike Jonze video exhibit. I went through the Spike Jonze video entrance, which you can imagine is pitch black so you can watch his film. The experience of going from darkness and almost, discovering, this immense, yet fragile installation is shocking. I was literally shocked, couldn’t move, couldn’t catch my breath.
Another interesting fact is that she worked on the piece for nearly a month, mostly in complete secrecy. She let only a select group of people into the exhibit until she was done. It’s also worth noting that some of the paper is cut by hand while other pieces have been laser cut. The way the light from under the exhibit is extremely beautiful, as it creates even more precious shapes all over the white, linen walls. This was without a doubt my single favorite thing in the entire Art In The Streets exhibit. The sheer scale and work that was put into this piece is beyond my comprehension. If there’s one reason to see this exhibit, it’s the chance to walk around this piece and take in it’s beauty.
You can see more photos of the installation under the cut, lots of photos of the details and minutiae that makes this piece so special. I’ve also put a video under the cut which gives you a making-of video by Levi’s Workshop (we’ll get to them as well) showing the construction of this piece. Thanks to Wellington for the heads up.