_ Metal, Mirrors, Cinder Blocks
46’ x 112’ x 2’ (approx.)
Artprize - Calder Plaza, Grant Prize
Grand Rapids, Michigan,
Excerpt from Artprize’s website:
The installation "Stream" is comprised of 128 30" convex mirrors and 256 cinder blocks that are attached together to occupy an area of approximately 5000 square feet. It fragments Calder's sculpture, revealing it from different angles, while spreading its bright red color over the plaza's floor. It also invites the audience to interact with their own image and that of its surroundings in a different way every time the installation is experienced. "Stream" will serve as a catalyst for sharing images online while also bringing awareness to the changes that take place when you are really present at where you stand.
Interview for Artprize’s Facebook page.
Measure of Dispersion (2014-ongoing) is a series of sculptural installations that aim to amplify and manipulate the spectator’s field of vision. Made from concave and convex mirrors of many sizes that Prado attaches to industrial metal structures, the sculptures create something akin to an anti-camera that reconfigures the viewer’s vantage point and amplifies notions of (dis)location.
Rather than capturing a specific moment like a camera, the mirrors reflect a fragmented body seen from uncontrollable angles and different points in space simultaneously. The resulting viewer experience is a challenge to the impulse to project preconceived assumptions onto what we see: we are made to test our sense of familiarity with our surroundings and, more importantly, with ourselves.
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