Location: in the studio
Installation Project for Memorial
Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Jeff Carpenter and Anthony Vogt
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center has commissioned us to create an installation art project in the entranceway gallery of the Brooklyn Infusion Center, a facility that provides chemotherapy services to their patients in Brooklyn. The theme of their program is “Roots, Drawing Connections Through Community.” The aim is to highlight the feeling of community that exists between the caregivers and patients, and, by extension, their neighbors. The gallery is visible from the street through some large windows; in fact for many viewers, it is perhaps the only impression they will have of this project.
We took the idea of roots quite literally, to surround you in roots, made with electrically charged wires that glow. They’re dipped in resin and spread on sheer fabric hanging in the windows and mounted on the back wall. In front of that wall hangs another layer of sheer fabric with the roots drawn in phosphorous ink, along with some lines of text that are from the patients and doctors about their experiences.
It’s like a three dimensional grotto that kaleidoscopes as you walk past the windows, or through the room. High on the walls and columns of the gallery are paintings on light boxes that show views up through water to the trees and sky above. These paintings are done on several layers of Plexiglas within the lightbox, so they too have a depth that kaleidoscopes as you walk about, that accentuates the depth of that water and the rippling of the image seen through the water. So depth is the motif here, creating an environment that envelopes the viewer, that embraces you in an imagined world below ground of gauzy fabric, pale phosphorous ink calligraphy and subtle lines of light that reach out in organic ways beyond you and around you.