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Most of my installations are structures and passageways to walk through. They become all-encompassing environments, engaging the space physically and the viewer psychologically. I build installations primarily from urban detritus such as found lumber, doors, window frames, household furniture and sheet metals. In some circumstances, I incorporate systems of neon, argon and colored incandescent lighting, recorded sounds and radio noise to enhance the perceptual experience

I develop concept drawings for most installations. They visualize my intent for the particular work. They are often displayed with the installation.

 

 

UNDERWAY

These are concept drawings for my upcoming installation at the 621 Gallery in Tallahassee, FL, opening January 1, 2016 and running through the month.

 

 

 

RED INDIGO

The title is a contradiction. This installation is a continuation from "Memory Ship" at the Spartanburg Art Museum. The whole structure glows red from interior neon and LED lighting, and blue above from argon lights. Access to three hull side cutouts to interior spaces allows the viewer to witness aggregations of struggles, bathed in dense red light. Small cast ships are configured in enigmatic moments of contradictory associations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hull cut out for the first interior space

 

 

 

 

 

 

View of the first interior space

 

MEMORY SHIP

The Memory Ship for the Spartanburg Art Museum is a culmination of discourses that my sculptures and installations have established. The ship installation is absurdly oriented in the space, piercing the interior gallery walls. It has an aged appearance with the amalgamation of found lumber. It imposes dramatically on the space. Viewers are allowed visual access to the interior through seven cutouts in the hull. The interior spaces set up fugitive episodes I call memories, composed of small cast ships and found objects.

 

 

These two views are panoramic shots showing both sides of the overall installation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bow of the installation, two hull cut outs are visible here

 

 

 

This view shows how the installation cuts through to an alcove gallery in the museum

 

 

 

 

The stern of the installation, a hull cut out is visible

 

 

 

This is the first of three memory spaces situated in the bow

 

 

 

 

The second memory space in the alcove gallery part of the installation

 

 

 

The last memory space, located in the stern

LA LUZ

Spanish for "The Light," this installation was installed for ScuptFest at the Sculpture Studio and Carving Center. It is a ship bow rising from the ground, composed of found window frames. By day it has a striking effect. At night, a lighting system comes on that displays an etherial glow.

VINDAUGA

Old Norse meaning "Wind Eye," this two-part installation was built at Bridgewater State College (now university). The structure is made up of over 100 found window frames, composed as two ship bows pulling apart. The interior of one structure was lit red, the other blue.

 

 

CONCEPT DRAWINGS: UNDERWAY, PROPOSED INSTALLATION FOR THE 621 GALLERY, TALLAHASSEE, FL

     
   

 

    CONCEPT DRAWINGS: RED INDIGO, INSTALLATION FOR THE INDIGO SKY COMMUNITY GALLERY, SAVANNAH, GA
   
    RED INDIGO, LUMBER, FURNITURE, CAST GLASS, CAST PLASTIC, FOUND OBJECTS, LED, NEON AND ARGON LIGHTING, 9'H X 6'W X 20'L, INDIGO SKY COMMUNITY GALLERY, SAVANNAH, GA, 2015
   
    RED INDIGO, INDIGO SKY COMMUNITY GALLERY, SAVANNAH, GA, 2015

 
    RED INDIGO (interior space), INDIGO SKY COMMUNITY GALLERY, SAVANNAH, GA, 2015
   

    CONCEPT DRAWINGS: MEMORY SHIP, INSTALLATION FOR THE SPARTANBURG ART MUSEUM, SPARTANBURG, SC
   

    MEMORY SHIP (EXTERIOR VIEWS), Lumber, FURNITURE, FOUND OBJECTS, CAST GLASS, CAST PLASTIC, LED LIGHTING, 10’H x 8’W x 50’L, SPARTANBURG ART MUSEUM. SPARTANBURG, SC, 2014
   
   

MEMORY SHIP (PORT SIDE BOW), SPARTANBURG ART MUSEUM. SPARTANBURG, SC, 2014

   
    MEMORY SHIP (STARBOARD SIDE BOW AND ALCOVE), SPARTANBURG ART MUSEUM. SPARTANBURG, SC, 2014
   
    MEMORY SHIP (PORT SIDE STERN), SPARTANBURG ART MUSEUM. SPARTANBURG, SC, 2014

 

   

MEMORY SHIP (INTERIOR SPACES), SPARTANBURG ART MUSEUM. SPARTANBURG, SC, 2014

   
    CONCEPT DRAWING: LA LUZ, INSTALLATION FOR THE SCULPTURE STUDIO AND CARVING CENTER, WEST RUTLAND, VT
   
   

LA LUZ (Day), Lumber, Windows, Incandescent Lighting, 11’H x 8’W x 17’L, Carving Studio and Sculpture Center, West Rutland, VT, 2005

   
   

LA LUZ (Night), Lumber, Windows, Incandescent Lighting, 11’H x 8’W x 17’L, Carving Studio and Sculpture Center, West Rutland, VT, 2005

   
    CONCEPT DRAWING: VINDAUGA, INSTALLATION FOR BRIDGEWATER STATE COLLEGE, BRIDGEWATER, MA
   
   

VINDAUGA, Windows, Lumber, Incandescent Lighting, 48’L x 11’H x 8’W, Maxwell Library, Bridgewater State College, Bridgewater, MA, 2005

     
      VINDAUGA, Windows, Lumber, Incandescent Lighting, 48’L x 11’H x 8’W, Maxwell Library, Bridgewater State College, Bridgewater, MA, 2005
 

RELEASE

This was a perfomed installation on the first anniversary of 9/11. I asked the Keene State College community to write rememberances and wishes about the tragic event on small note paper. These were scrolled up and placed in four cast paper ships. The ships were set on fire and floated on a campus pond. The thoughts were sent out to the world.

 
      RELEASE: Cast Paper, Scrolled Messages, Fire, Tether, 4 Boats, Ea. 38”L x 9”W x 8”H, Keene State College, Keene, NH, 2002
 

REFLECTIVE

This installation was constructed at the University of Wyoming Art Museum. The school where Mathew Shepard attended, and the city where he was killed. The V-formed structure allowed one to walk the path of childhood to the place where the space becomes dark psychologically, the mental place where someone can commit a heinous act.

 
      CONCEPT DRAWING: REFLECTIVE, INSTALLATION FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING ART MUSEUM, LARAMIE, WY


 
     

REFLECTIVE (Exterior View), Lumber, Found Objects, Sheet Metal, Clothing, Incandescent Lighting, 40’L x 34’W x 16’H, University of Wyoming Art Museum, Laramie, WY, 2001

     
      REFLECTIVE (Exterior View), Lumber, Found Objects, Sheet Metal, Clothing, Incandescent Lighting, 40’L x 34’W x 16’H, University of Wyoming Art Museum, Laramie, WY, 2001
 

31 DEGREES NORTH OF EAST

This installation was constructed less than two months after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. It is comprised of a crashing stern and a rising bow. The title is the compass direction from Denton, TX to Manhattan, NY.

 
      31 DEGREES NORTH OF EAST Lumber, Found Objects, Sheet Metal,121’ Total Length, Texas Woman’s University, Denton, TX, 2001
     
      31 degrees nORTH OF EAST Lumber, Found Objects, Sheet Metal,121’ Total Length, Texas Woman’s University, Denton, TX, 2001
     
      CONFLUENCE Painted Lumber, Suspended Sculpture, 27’W x 35’L, Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Arts, Fort Collins, CO, 2001
     
      CONFLUENCE Painted Lumber, Suspended Sculpture, 27’W x 35’L, Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Arts, Fort Collins, CO, 2001


 
      WOTAN (WITHERING), Lumber, Found Objects, Sheet Metal, Neon, Incandescent Lighting,26’L x 23’W x 11’H, Emmanuel Gallery, Denver, CO, 2000
     
      WOTAN (RISE) Lumber, Fd. Objects, 35’L x 17’H x 12’W, Arapahoe Community College, Littleton, CO, 1999
     
      NAVIGARE: FLASH (Exterior View), Lumber, Found Objects, Sheet Metal, Neon, Incandescent Lighting, 50'L x 23'W x 10' 3"H, Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Arts, Fort Collins, CO, 1999

   
      NAVIGARE: FLASH (Interior View), Lumber, Found Objects, Sheet Metal, Neon, Incandescent Lighting, 50'L x 23'W x 10' 3"H, Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Arts, Fort Collins, CO, 1999
     
      SHIPS SHADOW, Painted Lumber, 25'L x 9'H x 6’ 6”'W, Philip J. Steele Gallery, Denver, CO, 1998
     
      SHIPS WAKE, lumber, Mirrors, Neon Lighting, 50'L x 8'H x 12'W, Edge Art Gallery, Denver, CO, 1997


 
      SHIPS WAKE, lumber, Mirrors, Neon Lighting, 50'L x 8'H x 12'W, Edge Art Gallery, Denver, CO, 1997
     
      METAPHYESTHAI, Lumber, Found Objects, Sound, 55'L (total length) x 10'H x 20'W, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Arvada, CO, 1996

   
      METAPHYESTHAI, Lumber, Found Objects, Sound, 55'L (total length) x 10'H x 20'W, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Arvada, CO, 1996
 
Chris Nitsche | Savannah GA | 912-898-7584 | chrisnitsche@att.net